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Miliband appoints shadow ministers

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Labour party leader Ed Miliband has made a number of shadow ministerial appointments for the Department for Communities & Local Government team.

Joining the new shadow communities secretary Caroline Flint will be Alison Seabeck, Barbara Keeley, Jack Dromey and Chris Williamson, according to the LabourList blog.

Mr Williamson is currently a member of the communities and local government select committee, while Ms Seabeck used to be. Ms Keeley is a former member of Trafford MBC while Mr Dromey is a former treasurer of the Labour party and husband of deputy party leader Harriet Harman.

In other appointments, leadership contender Diane Abbott was made shadow minister for public health while former New Local Government Network director Chris Leslie gets a position in the treasury team.

Meanwhile, Caroline Flint has spoken of her delight at being appointed the shadow communities secretary.

In a statement released late on Friday, Ms Flint said: “To be elected to the shadow cabinet is a great vote of confidence.  I was delighted when Ed offered me the communities brief and I can’t wait to get stuck in.

“It is our intention to be a reasonable, purposeful opposition – we won’t oppose just to court popularity.  But we fear the government’s approach to the deficit is rash and reckless and important local services may be sacrificed in their drive to reduce the deficit whatever the cost.”

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