Former housing minister Caroline Flint has been appointed shadow secretary of state for communities and local government.
Ms Flint resigned from the cabinet last year whilst serving as Europe minister, claiming prime minister Gordon Brown had treated her as “window dressing”.
As housing minister she claimed unemployed council and social housing tenants should be required to actively seek work as a condition of their tenancy.
Elsewhere, former local government and housing minister John Healey got the high-profile health job after finishing second in the shadow cabinet ballot. In a statement, Mr Healey said: “I am delighted to be appointed shadow health secretary. The government’s plans will damage care for patients and dismantle the NHS as our national health service. The British public are proud of the NHS, and it’s always been at Labour’s heart. I look forward to working with Ed Miliband to show clearly and quickly what the Tory plans will mean for people and their families.”
Former communities secretary John Denham moves to take the business, innovation and skills brief where he will shadow Vince Cable.
Former children’s secretary Ed Balls becomes shadow home secretary while former health secretary Andy Burnham get’s the education brief.
Other appointments include:
- Shadow Lord Chancellor and justice secretary (with responsibility for political and constitutional reform): Sadiq Khan
- Shadow work and pensions secretary: Douglas Alexander
- Shadow energy and climate change secretary: Meg Hillier
- Shadow transport secretary: Maria Eagle
- Shadow environment, food and rural affairs secretary: Mary Creagh
- Shadow chief secretary to the treasury: Angela Eagle
- Shadow culture, media and sport secretary: Ivan Lewis
- Shadow olympics minister: Tessa Jowell
- Shadow cabinet office minister: Liam Byrne
Caroline Flint’s parliamentary career:
Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Europe) 2008-09
Minister for Housing and Planning (attending Cabinet), Department for Communities & Local Government 2008
Minister for Yorkshire and the Humber 2007-08
MoS, Department for Work and Pensions (Minister for Employment and Welfare Reform) 2007-08
Minister of State (MoS) (Public Health) 2006-07
PUSS (Public Health) 2005-06
Department of Health 2005-07
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (PUSS), Home Office 2003-05
Joint PPS to Ministers of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office 1999-2001; PPS: to Peter Hain as Minister of State: Department of Trade and Industry 2001, Foreign and Commonwealth Office 2001-02, to John Reid: as Minister without Portfolio and Party Chair 2002-03, as Leader of the House of Commons and President of the Council 2003