Diane Abbott has been made shadow health secretary by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in the wake of the mass resignations following the European Union referendum.
Ms Abbott, MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, replaces Heidi Alexander in the role as lead spokesperson on Labour health policy.
Ms Alexander, MP for Lewisham East, was the first member of the shadow cabinet to resign on Sunday as part of an attempt by senior Labour MPs to force a leadership change in the party.
Commentators largely judged her as having done a good job since being appointed shadow health secretary on 13 September 2015, especially noting her input during the junior doctors’ dispute.
Ms Abbott, whose mother was a nurse, moves to the shadow health role from the post of shadow international development secretary. She is known as a staunch ally of party leader Mr Corbyn.
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Her latest move will be a return to healthcare policy. In 2010, she was appointed shadow public health minister by Ed Miliband but was subsequently sacked from the role by him in 2013 due to question marks about her loyalty.
In addition, on Monday, shadow mental health minister Luciana Berger also opted to leave Mr Corbyn’s shadow cabinet.
Ms Berger, MP for Liverpool Wavertree, became the first ever shadow minister for mental health in September last year. She previously held the shadow public health role, which she took over from Ms Abbott in October 2013.