Ivan Lewis becomes shadow culture secretary

Labour has chosen Bury South MP Ivan Lewis to lock antlers with Jeremy Hunt, the secretary of state for culture, media and sport, as leader Ed Miliband unveils his shadow cabinet.

Ed Miliband: announces his shadow cabinet
Ed Miliband: announces his shadow cabinet

Ivan Lewis has been appointed shadow secretary of state for culture, media and sport.

Lewis has been an MP since 1997 and held various roles in the last government, latterly as minister of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs. He has no previous media experience.

Before becoming an MP Lewis worked in the voluntary sector for Outreach, Contact Community Group and was latterly chief executive of the Manchester Jewish Federation.

Shadow minister for the Cabinet Office, which has responsibility for the Central Office of Information, is Liam Byrne, while former Olympics minister Tessa Jowell has been named shadow minister for the Olympics.

Labour's last culture secretary, Ben Bradshaw, who backed David Miliband, the failed leadership candidate, did not get a job in the shadow cabinet.

However, Andy Burnham, the culture secretary between January 2008 and January 2009 who also ran for the Party leadership, is shadow secretary of state for education and election coordinator.

Former heath and home secretary Alan Johnson has been appointed shadow chancellor of the exchequer, beating Ed Balls and his wife Yvette Cooper.

Ed Miliband, leader of the Labour Party, said: "Together, this new generation of Labour will work together to reject the pessimism of this coalition government as we set out our vision of what Britain can achieve.

"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:

 

Leader of the opposition

Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP

Deputy leader and shadow secretary of state for international development

Rt Hon Harriet Harman MP

Shadow chancellor of the exchequer

Rt Hon Alan Johnson MP

Shadow secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs and minister for women and equalities

Rt Hon Yvette Cooper MP

Shadow secretary of state for the Home Department

Rt Hon Ed Balls MP

Chief whip

Rt Hon Rosie Winterton MP

Shadow secretary of state for education and election coordinator

Rt 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 pensions

Rt Hon Douglas Alexander MP

Shadow secretary of state for business, innovation and skills

Rt Hon John Denham MP

Shadow secretary of state for health

Rt Hon John Healey MP

Shadow secretary of state for communities and local government

Rt Hon Caroline Flint MP

Shadow secretary of state for defence

Rt Hon Jim Murphy

Shadow secretary of state for energy and climate change

Meg Hillier MP

Shadow leader of the House of Commons

Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP

Shadow secretary of state for transport

Maria Eagle MP

Shadow secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs

Mary Creagh MP

Shadow chief secretary to the Treasury

Angela Eagle MP

Shadow secretary of state for Northern Ireland

Rt Hon Shaun Woodward MP

Shadow secretary of state for Scotland

Ann McKechin MP

Shadow secretary of state for Wales

Rt Hon Peter Hain MP

Shadow secretary of state for culture, media and sport

Ivan Lewis MP

Shadow leader of the House of Lords

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon

Shadow minister for the Olympics

Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP

Shadow minister for the Cabinet Office

Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP

Lords chief whip

Lord Bassam of Brighton

Shadow attorney-general

Baroness Scotland

Also attending shadow cabinet meetings

Shadow minister of state – Cabinet Office

Jon Trickett MP

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