Who is in Keir Starmer’s shadow cabinet?

Monday, April 6, 2020

Sir Keir Starmer was elected as the new leader of the Labour Party over the weekend, and has promised to select “talented, balanced” top team.

His deputy Angela Rayner will assume the position of party chair.

Here are the main players in the new shadow cabinet.


Shadow chancellor - Anneliese Dodds

Anneliese Dodds has been the Labour MP for Oxford East since 2017 and has been a shadow treasury minister for much of that time.

Upon her appointment she said she wanted to continue to work with Chancellor Rishi Sunak in the face of coronavirus.

“We must all now pull together in the face of unprecedented economic circumstances,” she wrote on Twitter.


Shadow foreign secretary - Lisa Nandy

Lisa Nandy lost out to Sir Keir in the race to replace Jeremy Corbyn after she took 16.2 per cent of the vote compared to his 56.6 per cent.

Despite the defeat, the Wigan MP said: “It’s a real honour to be tasked with leading Labour’s foreign policy response in these difficult times. Thank you @Keir_Starmer for the opportunity to serve.”


Shadow home secretary - Nick Thomas-Symonds

The Welsh Labour MP for Torfaen said it was an “honour” to be appointed as shadow home secretary.

Mr Thomas-Symonds said his “first act” in the role had been to speak to Home Secretary Priti Patel about the “constructive dialogue” needed to tackle the coronavirus crisis.


Shadow health secretary - Jonathan Ashworth

Jonathan Ashworth remains in his position as shadow health secretary, which he has held since 2018.

He said on social media: “We’re in midst of an unprecedented global health crisis and we must all play our part in helping country & our constituents get through this. Our NHS & care staff are responding brilliantly & have my total support.”


Shadow business secretary - Ed Miliband

Former party leader Ed Miliband is returning Labour’s front bench for the first time since 2015 as shadow business and energy secretary.

He said he was looking forward to serving alongside “such a talented team” and said that following coronavirus, the UK needs to “reshape our economy” and “return to climate change as the unavoidable long-term issue of our time”.


Shadow education secretary - Rebecca Long-Bailey

Ms Long-Bailey also had her hat in the ring to become Labour leader, but came in second place with 27.6 per cent of the vote.

She has been the MP for Salford and Eccles since 2015 and said she was “delighted” to be appointed as shadow education secretary.

She said: “In this time of crisis I will do my utmost to ensure that our teaching staff, students and their families receive the support they deserve.”


Other roles in the shadow cabinet are:


Shadow Justice Secretary - David Lammy

Shadow Defence Secretary - John Healey 

Shadow International Trade Secretary - Emily Thornberry

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary - Jonathan Reynolds

Shadow Digital, Culture, Media and Sport - Jo Stevens

Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury - Bridget Philipson

Shadow Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary - Luke Pollard

Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary - Steve Reed

Shadow Housing Secretary - Thangam Debbonaire

Shadow Transport Secretary - Jim McMahon

Shadow International Development Secretary - Preet Kaur Gill

Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary (interim) - Louise Haigh

Shadow Scotland Secretary - Ian Murray

Shadow Wales Secretary - Nia Griffith

Shadow Women and Equalities Secretary - Marsha de Cordova

Shadow Employment Rights and Protections Secretary - Andy McDonald

Shadow Minister for Mental Health - Rosena Allin-Khan

Shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Engagement - Cat Smith

Shadow Attorney General - Lord Falconer

Shadow Leader of the House - Valerie Vaz

Shadow chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster - Rachel Reeves

Chief whip - Nick Brown

Shadow leader of the Lords - Angela Smith

Lords’ Opposition Chief Whip - Lord McAvoy


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