Flint gets CLG role in shadow cabinet

Controversial former housing minister Caroline Flint is to take on the communities and local government brief in the Labour shadow cabinet.

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Ms Flint had a brief spell as housing minister, between January and October 2008, when her ideas on restricting social tenancies to those committed to seeking work enraged many tenants.

Party leader Ed Miliband has named his full shadow cabinet, which includes Alan Johnson as shadow chancellor, and Douglas Alexander as shadow work and pensions secretary.

John Healey, who has been shadow housing minister since the general election, becomes shadow health secretary. His old boss at the Communities and Local Government department, John Denham, becomes shadow secretary of state for business, innovation and skills.

Mr Healey came second in the ballot of Labour MPs to elect shadow cabinet members, behind Yvette Cooper. Under Labour rules, MPs choose who gets a seat in the shadow cabinet, but the party leader decides who does which job.

Ms Cooper has been given the post of shadow foreign secretary, while her husband, Ed Balls, becomes shadow home secretary.

There is no housing role in the cabinet, mirroring the government set up, which demoted the housing minister post from attending cabinet meetings after the election. Labour sources have tipped Emily Thornberry, MP for Islington South and Finsbury, to take on the housing role, although no official announcement has yet been made.

Mr Miliband said:  ‘My team is united in one central mission for the future – to win back the trust of the British people and take Labour back to power.

‘Our values are those of the British people, and this shadow cabinet will ensure that the hopes and concerns of working families are at the heart of our offer to the country.’

The shadow cabinet in full:

PositionMinister
Leader of the OppositionRt. Hon. Ed Miliband MP
Deputy Leader and Shadow Secretary of State for International DevelopmentRt Hon Harriet Harman MP
Shadow Chancellor of the ExchequerRt Hon Alan Johnson MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Minister for Women and EqualitiesRt Hon Yvette Cooper MP
Shadow Secretary of State for the Home DepartmentRt Hon Ed Balls MP
Chief WhipRt Hon Rosie Winterton MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Election CoordinatorRt Hon Andy Burnham MP
Shadow Lord Chancellor, Secretary of State for Justice (with responsibility for political and constitutional reform)Rt Hon Sadiq Khan MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Work and PensionsRt Hon Douglas Alexander MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and SkillsRt Hon John Denham MP
Shadow Secretary of State for HealthRt Hon John Healey MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local GovernmentRt Hon Caroline Flint MP
Shadow Secretary of State for DefenceRt Hon Jim Murphy
Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate ChangeMeg Hillier MP
Shadow Leader of the House of CommonsRt Hon Hilary Benn MP
Shadow Secretary of State for TransportMaria Eagle MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural AffairsMary Creagh MP
Shadow Chief Secretary to the TreasuryAngela Eagle MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Northern IrelandRt Hon Shaun Woodward MP
Shadow Secretary of State for ScotlandAnn McKechin MP
Shadow Secretary of State for WalesRt Hon Peter Hain MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and SportIvan Lewis MP
Shadow Leader of the House of LordsBaroness Royall of Blaisdon
Shadow Minister for the OlympicsRt Hon Tessa Jowell MP
Shadow Minister for the Cabinet OfficeRt Hon Liam Byrne MP
Lords Chief WhipLord Bassam of Brighton
Shadow Attorney-GeneralBaroness Scotland
Also attending Shadow Cabinet meetings 
Shadow Minister of State – Cabinet OfficeJon Trickett MP

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