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Shadow health secretary Abbott replaced with Ashworth in reshuffle

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Shadow health secretary Diane Abbott has left her post after being promoted to the role of shadow home secretary.

She has been replaced by Jonathan Ashworth as part of a shadow cabinet reshuffle by Jeremy Corbyn, in the wake of his re-election as Labour party leader.

“The NHS…[is] on the brink of crisis under the Tories and going backwards. We’ll be campaigning hard”

Jonathan Ashworth

Mr Ashworth, who is MP for Leicester South, has been promoted from his previous role as shadow minister without portfolio in the cabinet office.

Ms Abbott, MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, was also a shadow public health minister under Ed Miliband and her mother was a nurse in the NHS. However, Mr Ashworth’s health policy credentials are less clear.

In a short statement on social media site Twitter, he said: “The NHS was and still is Labour’s greatest achievement. On the brink of crisis under the Tories and going backwards. We’ll be campaigning hard.”

Labour Party

New shadow health secretary in latest Labour reshuffle

Jonathan Ashworth

The reshuffle follows Mr Corbyn’s re-election as Labour party leader last month.The change in shadow health secretary represents yet another new face in the role in a relatively short period.

Ms Abbott, a long-standing ally of Mr Corbyn, replaced Heidi Alexander in the role as lead spokesperson on Labour health policy in June. Ms Alexander herself became shadow health secretary in September last year, taking over from Andy Burnham. 

In contrast Jeremy Hunt is the longest serving health secretary and has been in post since 2012.

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