The change marks a promotion for Gwynne, who is now responsible for holding the Conservative Government to account in crucial areas such as cancer, dementia, diabetes, alcohol, tobacco and obesity.
He replaces Liverpool MP Luciana Berger, who has been made Shadow Minister for Mental Health, a new position created to underline the importance of establishing parity between the treatment of mental health and physical health. Mr Gwynne will be working with Berger, Ellesmere Port and Neston MP Justin Madders, Worsley and Eccles MP Barbara Keeley and the new Shadow Health Secretary, Heidi Alexander.
Gwynne joins both of the other Tameside Members of Parliament in being on the Labour frontbench – Angela Rayner, MP for Ashton-Under-Lyne, has been made a whip, and Jonathan Reynolds, MP for Staybridge and Hyde, has been made a Shadow Minister responsible for Railways in Labour’s Transport Team under the new Shadow Transport Secretary, Lilian Greenwood.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“It is a huge honour to have been asked to take on this crucial role. The issues I will now be looking into are some of the biggest challenges facing our country, such as antimicrobial resistance and dementia.
“I will be ensuring Government policy is up to the challenge. The changes we make now will have an impact on public health long into the future.
“I will continue to do my very best to ensure my constituents are represented at the highest levels.”