Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Reshuffle: Jon Ashworth Named Shadow Health Secretary

Jeremy Corbyn has appointed Jon Ashworth as shadow health secretary, as the Labour leader re-started his frontbench reshuffle on Friday afternoon.

The Leicester South MP had served as shadow minister without portfolio and sits on Labour’s ruling National Executive Committee (NEC). His move has been reported by the BBC and the Press Association. 

Ashworth currently holds one of three cabinet positions on the NEC, and is known for his independent views. 

Corbyn had tried to push Ashworth out of the committee ahead of a key vote on Labour’s membership rules – but was prevented at the time by a rebellion from the shadow cabinet. 

Yesterday, Corbyn moved to stamp his authority on Labour at Westminster by sacking Shadow Chief Whip Rosie Winterton in a new reshuffle of his top team.

Building on his landslide re-election, the Labour leader axed Winterton and replaced her with former Gordon Brown ally Nick Brown.

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