Corbyn announces new Shadow Energy and Shadow Community secretaries

The newly-elected Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has unveiled his new Shadow Cabinet.

Lisa Nandy is Labour’s new Shadow Energy Secretary. The Wigan MP 0was appointed shadow Children’s Minister by Ed Miliband, before becoming the shadow Minister for Civil Society in 2013.

She replaces Caroline Flint, who has returned to the backbenches.

In a statement, Ms Flint said: “I am passionate about giving everyone an equal chance to get on in life, leaving no child behind, especially children whose hopes and dreams are limited by who their parents are or their postcode. I now want to focus on this, and how we get more people from welfare into rewarding work.

“Returning to the backbenches will also allow me to spend more time helping Labour reach out to those voters who turned away from us, but who share many of our values. After months of talking to Labour members and supporters, we now have to begin a wider conversation with the British public.”

Jon Trickett has been named as the new Shadow Communities Secretary, who replaces Emma Reynolds, who announced via the Twitter over the weekend that she will serve the Labour Party “and my constituents from backbenches”.

Mr Trickett has been the MP Hemsworth in Yorkshire since 1996.

Prior to being elected to Parliament, he was a councillor for Beeston ward in South Leeds and became Leader of the Leeds Council in 1989.

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues