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Shabana Mahmood joins Labour’s top team – shadow cabinet list in full

Shabana Mahmood joins Labour’s top team – shadow cabinet list in full

🕔12.May 2015

Birmingham Ladywood MP Shabana Mahmood has been confirmed as one of Labour’s fast-rising stars with her appointment as Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

Mahmood, 34, is one of 27 shadow cabinet members named by acting Labour party leader Harriet Harman.

Born in Birmingham in 1980, Mahmood is the daughter of the chair of the city’s Labour Party and was elected MP for Ladywood in 2010, becoming one of the UK’s first Muslim women MPs.

A barrister by profession and an Oxford University graduate, she became the shadow minister for home affairs and from 2011 to 2013 was the shadow minister for business, innovation and skills, before moving to a shadow treasury post before the General Election.

Her career has not been without some controversy. Last year she annoyed some of her colleagues by participating in a protest calling for the boycotting of Israeli goods that temporarily forced a supermarket to close and earned her a swift rebuke from the Labour leadership.

A spokesperson for the then Labour leader said: “Ed Miliband has been clear that Labour does not support boycotts of Israel and we resolutely oppose the isolation of Israel…Having spoken to her, Shabana has made clear that she does not support calls for a boycott of Israel but supports the proper labelling of goods from the region.”

Ms Mahmood responded by stating that she has “a difference of view with my party”.

In a statement, she said: “We all agree that Israeli settlements on the West Bank are illegal under international law and they are not part of Israel. As such, they are an obstacle to a two state solution and a lasting peace between Israel and Palestine.”

Other new names in the shadow cabinet include Nottingham East MP Chris Leslie, who replaces Ed Balls as shadow chancellor. Mr Balls lost his seat at the General Election.

There’s swift promotion for Hilary Benn, who is now shadow foreign secretary.

Among the possible Labour leadership contenders, Yvette Cooper remains shadow home secretary, alongside Andy Burnham, shadow health secretary, Chuka Umunna, shadow business secretary and Tristram Hunt, shadow education secretary.

Leicester West MP Liz Kendall, the only person so far to enter the leadership race, is shadow minister for care and older people.

Labour’s new Shadow Cabinet is:

Leader of the Opposition and Acting Leader of the Labour Party

Harriet Harman

Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer

Chris Leslie

Shadow Foreign Secretary

Hilary Benn

Shadow Home Secretary

Yvette Cooper

Shadow Lord Chancellor, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

Lord Falconer of Thoroton

Opposition Chief Whip

Rosie Winterton

Shadow Secretary of State for Health

Andy Burnham

Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

Chuka Umunna

Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Rachel Reeves

Shadow Secretary of State for Education

Tristram Hunt

Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

Vernon Coaker

Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

Emma Reynolds

Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Caroline Flint

Shadow Leader of the House of Commons and Chair of the National Policy Forum

Angela Eagle

Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

Michael Dugher

Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

Ivan Lewis

Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

Mary Creagh

Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland

Ian Murra

Shadow Secretary of State for Wales

Owen Smith

Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Maria Eagle

Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office

Lucy Powell

Shadow Minister without Portfolio and Deputy Party Chair

Jon Trickett

Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities

Gloria De Piero

Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

Chris Bryant

Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Shabana Mahmood

Shadow Leader of the House of Lords

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon

Lords Chief Whip

Lord Bassam of Brighton

Also attending Shadow Cabinet:

Shadow Minister for Care and Older People

Liz Kendall

Shadow Attorney General

Lord Bach

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