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MPs Reynolds and Gwynne join Shadow Cabinet
Thursday 6th October 2016 @ 22:13 by Adam Higgins
Ashton Denton & Audenshaw Hyde News Stalybridge

Hyde and Stalybridge MP Jonathan Reynolds has been appointed shadow economic secretary to the Treasury, following Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s reshuffle of his shadow cabinet.

Mr Reynolds, who has served the constituency since 2010, has joined shadow chancellor John McDonnell’s team and will be in charge of the City of London.

Meanwhile, Denton and Reddish MP Andrew Gwynne has accepted a position as shadow cabinet minister without Portfolio.

Ashton MP Angela Rayner will continue as shadow education secretary but Sarah Champion has taken over her role as shadow minister for women and equalities.

Mr Reynolds had indicated last week he would welcome a return to the front bench after stepping down as a Rail Minister in the Labour transport team back in January.

The 36-year-old has pledged to “do all I can to ensure the government’s Brexit negotiations protect jobs, including in the City of London” in his new role.

He added on his Facebook page: “I’m excited to contribute to how we can build an ambitious, sustainable economy that works for all.”

Mr Corbyn later tweeted: “Pleased to welcome @jreynoldsMP back to Labour’s front bench. A great Labour MP who I know will be an outstanding Shadow City Minister.”

Mr Reynolds, who will be part of the shadow Brexit team, is now one of ten Labour MPs in the shadow cabinet who are from the north of England.

Meanwhile, Mr Gwynne – a former shadow health minister – tweeted: “I’ve agreed to serve as Shadow Cabinet Minister without Portfolio. I hope to continue the work of Jon Ashworth in challenging the Tory Government.”

He added on his Facebook page: “Basically a key part of my job will be to ensure the party in Parliament is properly challenging and holding to account Theresa May’s Tory Government. I’ll be working closely alongside Jon Trickett, Labour’s election and campaign coordinator too.

“I’m looking forward to the new challenge. I hope that, despite the difficulties the party has endured in recent months, we can start to build ourselves as a constructive opposition to the government – something democracy needs, and the people I represent in Denton and Reddish are wanting. I’ll do my best.”

Ashworth, who was shadow minister for the cabinet office, has been promoted to shadow health secretary after Diane Abbott filled the shadow home secretary brief vacated by Andy Burnham, who quit to focus on running in the Greater Manchester mayoral election.

Also speaking via Twitter, Mrs Rayner said: “I am pleased that I will continue to serve as Shadow Secretary of State for Education, looking forward to working with all my colleagues.”

Mr Corbyn has confirmed the changes to his top team after being re-elected last month, taking 62 per cent of the votes in the leadership contest against Owen Smith.