Tuesday 15 May 2012
For immediate use
Ed Miliband’s new frontbench team
Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Labour Party, has today announced changes to his frontbench team.
Jon Cruddas is to become Coordinator of the Labour Party Policy Review.
Ed Miliband will recommend to the National Policy Forum that Angela Eagle becomes its new chair.
Owen Smith is to replace Peter Hain as Shadow Secretary of State for Wales.
Andrew Adonis will advise the Policy Review on areas of Labour’s industrial strategy.
Ed Miliband said:
“I am delighted to welcome the new members of our team.
“Jon Cruddas is already known as one of the most radical and deepest thinkers in the party. As the policy review enters its next phase, I look forward to him bringing his energy and new ideas.
“I am also delighted he will be working with Angela Eagle, in her proposed role as Chair of the National Policy Forum, combined with Shadow Leader of the House. She brings great policy and political acumen to the role.
“Owen Smith has shown himself to be a real talent and I welcome him to the post of Shadow Welsh Secretary.
“I am also pleased Andrew Adonis will be working on areas of industrial strategy, bringing his experience of government and fresh thinking to the role.
“I want to thank Liam for his excellent work in kick starting the ideas that Labour will need to win in 2015, and for working so hard to make sure our agenda is rooted firmly in the issues that matter to hardworking people in Britain.”