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Owen Smith tipped to be invited into Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet

15 Juin 2017

The newly-elected Labour MP in Gordon Brown's former seat has been appointed Shadow Scottish Secretary.

Jeremy Corbyn today appointed Owen Smith to his shadow cabinet a year after Welsh the MP ran against him as Labour leader.

Mr Murray quit the shadow cabinet in protest at Corbyn's leadership previous year, forcing the Labour leader to appoint English MP Dave Anderson to the job. And Lesley Laird will be the new shadow Scottish secretary.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said she would help the party present a "positive vision" for Scotland's future.

"She brings a wealth of knowledge and practical real life experience to the Commons, and will play a major role going forward as we hold the Tory Government to account".

Owen Smith will return to the shadow cabinet after failed leadership challenge.

Smith resigned as shadow work and pensions secretary in the wake of the European Union referendum last June.

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Corbyn said the party was poised to contest a new general election and "form the next government".

Coaker, his potential predecessor, forged a close working relationsihp with the DUP during his two terms as shadow Northern Ireland secretary under Ed Miliband and Corbyn.

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His new role was one of four new appointments announced as part of a modest reshuffle - with most existing shadow ministers expected to remain in their posts.

'I look forward to working with the strengthened shadow cabinet as we prepare a government in waiting to carry out our manifesto for the many not the few.

But the Labour leader snubbed leading moderates in the party like Yvette Cooper and Chuka Umunna who had been tipped to make a comeback to the frontbench.

Owen Smith tipped to be invited into Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet