Jeremy Corbyn completes reshuffle of Labour front bench


Jeremy Corbyn has completed his reshuffle of Labour's front bench by appointing a number of MPs to roles outside the shadow cabinet following a spate of resignations.

Among the new appointments are a trio of female MPs first elected to Parliament in last year's general election - Kate Hollern (Blackburn), Jo Stevens (Cardiff Central) and Angela Rayner (Ashton-under-Lyne).

Ms Hollern fills the vacancy left in the defence team by Wednesday's resignation of Kevan Jones, while Ms Rayner joins the work and pensions team following Emily Thornberry's promotion from employment spokeswoman to shadow defence secretary. Ms Stevens takes a post in Labour's justice team.

Middlesbrough MP Andy McDonald - elected in 2012 - takes a transport brief following the resignation of Jonathan Reynolds, and long-serving Leeds North East MP Fabian Hamilton, who has been in the Commons since 1997, goes to the foreign affairs team, from which Stephen Doughty resigned on Wednesday.

Also appointed to the front bench is Darlington MP Jenny Chapman, part of the 2010 intake.

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