Newly re-elected Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, has been promoted to the role of Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in Labour’s Shadow Cabinet reshuffle.
In February 2017 Gwynne was promoted by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to head up Labour’s general election campaign, alongside close friend, Ian Lavery, MP for Wansbeck in Northumberland.
After what was widely considered a strong campaign which saw the Labour Party gain over 3 million more votes compared to 2015, as well as gaining 30 seats from across all parts of the UK, Gwynne will return to the Shadow Cabinet as the new communities and local government secretary.
In light of the fragility of the current Conservative administration which will be reliant on support from Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party, Gwynne was asked to remain as Labour’s co-National Campaign and Elections Coordinator, alongside Ian Lavery MP.
Before being elected as the Member of Parliament for the Denton and Reddish constituency, Gwynne served for 12 years as a Labour Councillor on Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council between 1996 and 2008, representing the Denton West Ward.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“I was absolutely delighted to be asked by the Leader to take up the role of Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in the Shadow Cabinet.
“With the instability of the Conservative Party at present I have also been asked to stay on, alongside my good friend Ian Lavery, as co-National Campaign and Elections Coordinator.
“I can’t wait to take the fight to the Tories and bring down this weak government, we will finish the job we started!”