Two female MPs complete Labour's shadow health team

Left-wing rebel Diana Abbot and newly-elected MP Liz Kendall have joined Labour's shadow health team.

Hackney North and Stoke Newington MP and failed Labour leadership contender Ms Abbott will join Labour’s health team as shadow public health minister. Leicester West MP Liz Kendall will join her as shadow health minister.

Ms Kendall became an MP this year having previously worked as director of the NHS Confederation’s Ambulance Service Network and as a researcher for the King’s Fund.

John Healey was appointed as Labour's new shadow health secretary last week. The former housing minister replaces Andy Burnham, who was named education secretary by Labour leader Ed Miliband. Mr Healey, 50, has been MP for Wentworth and Dearne, in Yorkshire, since 1997.

He takes over the position despite the fact Mr Burnham is fighting to delay the government’s White Paper reforms.

Mr Healey's first announcement was a warning in The Independent that the reforms would shift power to ‘unaccountable’ private firms drafted in to help GPs commission.

Mr Healey has also worked in positions within the treasury and as minister for local government but has never held a position in health.

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