MPs Mary Creagh and Yvette Cooper rule themselves out of shadow cabinet roles

Yvette Cooper.
Yvette Cooper.

West Yorkshire MPs Mary Creagh and Yvette Cooper have both ruled themselves out of serving in new Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet as he reshaped the top of party.

Mr Corbyn was announced as the party’s new leader at a special conference on Saturday after more than 250,000 people voted for him.

But Wakefield MP Ms Creagh and Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford MP Ms Cooper have both decided to move to the backbenches.

Ms Cooper will, however, be the chairman of a new party taskforce on refugees.

Mr Corbyn named his leadership campaign manager John McDonnell as shadow chancellor, while Hilary Benn remains shadow foreign secretary.

It means the top roles on the Labour front bench are all taken by men.

Mary Creagh.

Mary Creagh.

However, Angela Eagle, the new shadow business secretary, was also named shadow first secretary of state and she will stand in for Mr Corbyn at Prime Minister’s Questions when Prime Minister David Cameron is away.

Fellow leadership candidate Andy Burnham will become shadow home secretary - replacing Ms Cooper.

Lewisham MP Heidi Alexander will take over from Mr Burnham as shadow health secretary while Lord Falconer will continue as shadow justice secretary.

Other confirmed appointments are: Seema Malhotra shadow chief secretary to the Treasury; Diane Abbott shadow minister for international development; Shadow Northern Ireland secretary Vernon Coaker; Rosie Winterton to continue as chief whip and Ian Murray to continue as shadow Scottish secretary.