Michael Burton 06 April 2020

Former Lambeth leader takes on shadow communities role

Former Lambeth leader takes on shadow communities role image

Former Lambeth LBC leader Steve Reed has become the new shadow communities and local government secretary replacing Andrew Gwynne.

Mr Reed, who became a Croydon MP in 2012 was previously Lambeth leader from 2006-12 where he pioneered the ‘cooperative council’ concept.

He later became shadow local government minister but resigned in 2016. A separate shadow cabinet post covering housing is filled by Bristol MP and former classical musician Thangam Debonnaire.

In the new shadow cabinet line-up announced by Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, his predecessor bar one Ed Miliband makes a surprise return as shadow business secretary while John Healey is shadow defence secretary.

Jon Ashworth keeps his portfolio at health and social care. Cat Smith becomes shadow minister for young people and voter engagement while former Oldham MBC leader Jim McMahon becomes shadow transport secretary.

Andrew Gwynne joined John McDonnell and Diane Abbott in resigning from the shadow cabinet before the reshuffle, and in a letter to Keir Starmer complained he had been ‘completely sidelined’ during the 2019 general election.

Tony Lloyd, who was both shadow Scottish secretary and Northern Ireland secretary, has been hospitalised with coronavirus. Sir Keir Starmer has appointed Louise Haigh as interim Northern Ireland secretary.

The new Shadow Cabinet under Sir Keir Starmer:

  • Keir Starmer, Leader of the Opposition
  • Angela Rayner, Deputy leader and chair of the Labour Party
  • Anneliese Dodds, Shadow chancellor of the exchequer
  • Lisa Nandy, Shadow foreign secretary
  • Nick Thomas-Symonds, Shadow home secretary
  • Rachel Reeves, Shadow chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
  • David Lammy, Shadow justice secretary
  • John Healey, Shadow defence secretary
  • Ed Miliband, Shadow business, energy and industrial secretary
  • Emily Thornberry, Shadow international trade secretary
  • Jonathan Reynolds, Shadow work and pensions secretary
  • Jonathan Ashworth, Shadow health and social care secretary
  • Rebecca Long-Bailey, Shadow education secretary
  • Jo Stevens, Shadow digital, culture, media and sport secretary
  • Bridget Philipson, Shadow chief secretary to the Treasury
  • Luke Pollard, Shadow environment, food and rural affairs secretary
  • Steve Reed, Shadow communities and local government secretary
  • Thangam Debbonaire, Shadow housing secretary
  • Jim McMahon, Shadow transport secretary
  • Preet Kaur Gill, Shadow international development secretary
  • Louise Haigh, Shadow Northern Ireland secretary (interim)
  • Ian Murray, Shadow Scotland secretary
  • Nia Griffith, Shadow Wales secretary
  • Marsha de Cordova, Shadow women and equalities secretary
  • Andy McDonald, Shadow employment rights and protections secretary
  • Rosena Allin-Khan, Shadow minister for mental health
  • Cat Smith, Shadow minister for young people and voter engagement
  • Lord Falconer, Shadow Attorney General
  • Valerie Vaz, Shadow leader of the House
  • Nick Brown, Opposition chief whip
  • Baroness ASmith, Shadow leader of the Lords
  • Lord McAvoy, Lords’ Opposition chief whip
Protecting art in a crisis image

Protecting art in a crisis

Tiffany Cloynes and Clare Hardy outline how local authorities can play an important part in enabling arts and culture to flourish in their areas.
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Senior Practitioner - DBIT Over 10's Team

Essex County Council
£39168.0 - £47405.0 per annum + Plus Excellent Benefits Package
D-BIT is a secondary team working in partnership with front line children's services, devising a robust and structured connecting /reunification plans. England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Social Value Lead - 12-18 month Fixed Term Contract

Essex County Council
£52000 - £60609 per annum + + Flexible Working & Local Gov Pension
Educated to a degree level with a relevant professional qualification (such as MCIPS) or equivalent demonstrable work experience. Evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in Procurement. CIPS Membership desirable. England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Assistant Director – Capital Delivery

Surrey County Council
up to £98,000 per annum
Our AD - Capital Delivery will be responsible for planning, driving forward and delivering Surrey County Councils ambitious Capital Programme Surrey
Recuriter: Surrey County Council

Senior Practitioner - Assessment & Intervention

Essex County Council
£39168.0 - £47405.0 per annum + Plus Excellent Benefits Package
To hold and sustain a caseload consisting of the most sensitive, "complex and difficult" cases to which the post holder can bring to bear the highest standards of professional ability and a considerable depth of knowledge in relevant legislation in policy England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Chef Manager

North Yorkshire County Council
£19,171 to £19,945 pro rata
As our Chef Manager you will be responsible for delivering a customer-focused, exciting and healthy catering service, operating to... Scarborough, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: North Yorkshire County Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue