Wigan MP keeps energy role

Wigan MP Lisa Nandy
Wigan MP Lisa Nandy
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LISA Nandy said she “kept her head down” during this week’s Labour reshuffle and will be keeping her shadow energy secretary job.

The Wigan MP said she was thrilled to be staying in the same role and has denied speculation she was offered an alternative shadow cabinet position.

Party leader Jeremy Corbyn had been rumoured to be lining a number of high profile changes to his front-bench team with Hilary Benn (shadow foreign secretary) and Maria Eagle thought to have been vulnerable.

But the reshuffle appears to have petered out after Michael Dugher was stripped of his culture brief and Europe spokesman Pat McFadden was sacked.

Maria Eagle is being shifted from shadow defence secretary to replace Mr Dugher, having been seen as blocking Mr Corbyn’s desire to oppose renewal of the UK’s nuclear deterrent.

Her berth is taken by Emily Thornberry, who is in line with the leader on Trident.

I was never offered (the defence secretary job), I never had a conversation about it

Wigan MP Lisa Nandy

Speaking on the Daily Politics show on Wednesday, Ms Nandy denied she had been offered the defence role.

She said: “(I have) absolutely no idea where (the speculation) came from. I was never offered it, I never had a conversation about it and my understanding is that nobody in the leader’s office had a conversation about it.”

On the reshuffle talks, she added: “I know that Jeremy was talking to Hilary (Benn), he talked to Maria (Eagle) and Emily (Thornberry) but I have made it very clear from the day I got this job (as shadow energy secretary) that I was thrilled to be doing it and I want to keep it.”