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New Labour Front Bench Appointed


Jeremy Corbyn has appointed the Labour Party’s first ever majority female front bench.

Angela Eagle was also made first shadow secretary of state as well as shadow business secretary and her sister Maria was made shadow defence secretary.

However, the Treasury, Foreign Office and Home Office jobs are considered by some to be the three great offices of state and some Labour MPs argued that at least one of those should have been given to a woman. Corbyn's team has dismissed the criticism as out of date.

"For Labour our proudest achievement is the creation of NHS. We are the party that delivered comprehensive education. We are the party that founded the Open University, and that established and will defend the trade union and employment rights," it said.

"The so called 'great offices of state' as defined in the 19th century reflect and era before women or workers even had the vote, and before Labour had radically changed the state."

He added: “We have delivered a unifying, dynamic, inclusive new Shadow Cabinet which for the first time ever has a majority of women.

Corbyn's shadow cabinet includes 11 MPs who nominated Burnham for leader, eight who nominated Yvette Cooper, one who supported Kendall and three who nominated Corbyn himself.

For the full list of shadow front bench click here

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