Wes Streeting, James Murray and Abena Oppong-Asare have been given new roles by Keir Starmer today, LabourList can reveal, as a Labour frontbench reshuffle takes place following resignations this week.
Shadow ministers Dan Carden and Margaret Greenwood quit their posts on Thursday in order to defy the Labour whip and vote against the covert human intelligence sources (criminal conduct) bill at third reading.
Wes Streeting, previously shadow exchequer secretary to the Treasury, has replaced Margaret Greenwood as shadow schools minister. He wrote for LabourList in June about receiving free school meals.
The Ilford North MP was president of the National Union of Students between 2008 and 2010, and also served as a member of the national committee of Labour Students for four years around this time.
Commenting on his new role, Streeting tweeted: “Having grown up on a council estate, on free school meals, experiencing child poverty in the 1980s, I wouldn’t be where I am today without a great state education.”