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Shadow communities secretary announced

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Andrew Gwynne has been appointed shadow communities secretary by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

LGC reported last month how Teresa Pearce was due to stand down as shadow communities secretary after the general election.

Mr Gwynne has for the past year been Labour’s national campaigns co-ordinator and played a prominent role in the general election campaign.

He was first elected to the Denton and Reddish constituency, in Greater Manchester, in 2005 and served as a Labour councillor on Tameside MBC between 1996 and 2008. He belongs to the Unite and GMB trade unions.

Earlier in his career, Mr Gwynne was from 2009-10 parliamentary private secretary to then children, schools and families secretary Ed Balls, and shadow transport minister from 2010-11, after which he served as a shadow health minister.

Sajid Javid was last Sunday reappointed communities secretary by prime minister Theresa May.

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