Irranca-Davies continues in new Shadow Defra team

HUW-Irranca-Davies continues as Shadow Farming Minister in a shake-up of Labour’s Shadow Defra team that has seen Merseyside MP Maria Eagle replace Mary Creagh as Shadow Defra Secretary.

Mrs Creagh, who during her three years in the post put Ministers under considerable pressure over issues like the proposed forestry sell-off, the horsemeat scandal and the discovery of Ash dieback disease, has been moved to the Shadow Transport post.

Mrs Creagh also campaigned hard to save the Agricultural Wages Board and to stop the badger cull, although she ultimately handed the political initiative to the Government on the latter by securing a vote on the policy earlier this year, which the Government won.

Maria Eagle, elected as MP for Garston and Halewood in Merseyside in 1997, swaps palces with Mrs Creagh, having held the Shadow Transport role since October 2010. Under the previous Labour Government the 53-year-old held various junior Ministerial roles, including in the Northern Ireland Office and the Ministry of Justice.

Her twin sister, Angela is Shadow Leader of the House of Commons.

Labour has compiled a Shadow team of five MPs and peers to take on Defra’s four-strong Ministerial team.  

Mr Irranca-Davies, MP for Ogmore, in Wales, remains as Shadow Farming Minister, a role he has held since October 2010. Commenting on Twitter, he said he was ‘delighted’ to continue in the role.

Former Defra Minister Barry Gardiner, MP for Brent North, who was appointed to the Shadow Defra team in the summer, also remains in his role. Another former Defra Minister, Jim Knight, who now sits in the House of Lords and Dunfermline MP Thomas Docherty have been added to the new Shadow team.

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