Jeremy Corbyn reshuffle: Lucy Powell moves from Shadow Cabinet Office brief

Labour's new leader promotes Lucy Powell to shadow education

By matt.foster

14 Sep 2015

Labour MP Lucy Powell is to move from shadowing Cabinet Office minister Matt Hancock, it has been announced, as the party's new leader Jeremy Corbyn put the finishing touches on his frontbench team.

Powell – who became an MP in November 2012 and has served as shadow Cabinet Office minister since late last year – will now move to become shadow education secretary. It has yet to be announced who will take on the shadow Cabinet Office job, which involves holding the government to account on issues including civil service policy and public sector reform.

Commenting on her appointment, Powell said education was a brief she was "passionate about", adding that she hoped to "make a difference".

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Corbyn, at one time considered an outsider in the leadership race, was unveiled as leader of the Opposition on Saturday. The veteran left-winger has so far appointed his campaign manager John McDonnell as shadow chancellor, while fellow leadership contender Andy Burnham moves from shadowing the health brief to become shadow home secretary.

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