The new (and last?) Labour Shadow International Development team

Well, Ed Miliband has shifted his closet. Goodbye Ivan Lewis, hello Jim Murphy as the chief Shadow Secretary of State for International Development. Goodbye, Tony Cuninngham and Rushanara Ali, hello to Gavin Shuker and Alison McGovern. (See this link). Jim Murphy, with his Scottish accent, was former Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, and doing a good job there. He has sort of international development credentials, being a whip for DFID when Hilary Benn was SofS. If you check , he has asked relevant questions towards development and his debates with regards to Defence are not so partisan as Ivan Lewis’. Now, Alison McGovern is famous or infamous for being Gordon Brown’s Parliamentary Private Secretary/a> but she has served in the International Development Select Committee. Shuker? His experience is that of Shadow Environment Minister. Well that is relevant to development. But will this team work properly and create an effective development policy for Labour and not be so partisan?


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