Wigan MP gets new role in Labour reshuffle

Wigan MP Lisa Nandy will face off against Michael Gove as shadow secretary for levelling up and communities as Sir Keir Starmer carried out a wide-ranging reshuffle of his top team.

Monday, 29th November 2021, 8:43 pm
Updated Monday, 29th November 2021, 8:44 pm
Lisa Nandy is no longer shadow foreign secretary

Ms Nandy, who has been MP for Wigan for 11 years, will be replaced as shadow foreign secretary by David Lammy.

Yvette Cooper returns to Labour's frontbench. Ms Cooper, a former cabinet minister and the current chairwoman of the Commons Home Affairs Committee, becomes shadow home secretary and will take on Priti Patel over the migrant crisis.

Sir Keir also handed big promotions to two of Labour's rising stars, Bridget Phillipson and Wes Streeting, who take on the roles of shadow education secretary and shadow health secretary.

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Jonathan Ashworth, who has had the health brief through the pandemic, is moved to shadow work and pensions secretary.

Former leader Ed Miliband becomes shadow climate change secretary, while Jonathan Reynolds takes on his former portfolio of business, energy and industrial strategy.

"With this reshuffle we are a smaller, more focused shadow cabinet that mirrors the shape of the Government we are shadowing," he said.

"We must hold the Conservative Government to account on behalf of the public and demonstrate that we are the right choice to form the next government."