Tessa Jowell replaces Liam Byrne as shadow Cabinet Office minister

Olympics spokeswoman expands her portfolio in reshuffle caused by resignation of shadow chancellor Alan Johnson

Tessa Jowell becomes shadow Cabinet Office minister
Tessa Jowell becomes shadow Cabinet Office minister

Tessa Jowell has replaced Liam Byrne as the shadow Cabinet Office minister, with responsibility for overseeing the work of Roberta Blackman-Woods, the shadow civil society minister.

Jowell, the MP for Dulwich and West Norwood, was given the job after Byrne was appointed the shadow work and pensions minister yesterday in a reshuffle prompted by the resignation of Alan Johnson, the shadow chancellor. She will take on the role in addition to her post as shadow Olympics minister.

Jowell was the Cabinet Office Minister under the Labour government in the year leading up to the election in May. She retained the shadow brief after Labour lost power until Byrne’s appointment in October.

Blackman-Woods said on Twitter: "Seems I have a new boss. Many congrats Tessa. Well done to Ed [Balls], Douglas [Alexander] and Liam too. Interesting times ahead!!"

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