London: Pakistani-origin UK parliamentarian
Sadiq Khan has been elected to the shadow Cabinet of Labour
leader Ed Miliband last night.
Khan, a solicitor by profession, was communities minister
in the Gordon Brown cabinet. Earlier, the 39-year-old MP had
held the transport portfolio.
In the elections held to the shadow cabinet, Yvette
Cooper received the most votes (232), followed by John Healey
(192) and Cooper`s husband Ed Balls (179).
Other senior figures who successfully returned include
former Cabinet ministers Alan Johnson, Andy Burnham and Jim
Former Welsh Secretary Peter Hain, former Culture
Secretary Ben Bradshaw and ex-Northern Ireland Secretary Shaun
Woodward failed to make the 19-strong list. Diane Abbott, who
stood in the leadership contest, also missed out.
Under the Labour party`s rules, its MPs vote to decide
who should be in the shadow cabinet when the party is in
opposition. A minimum quota of six women was imposed as part
of efforts to promote equality.
The party overshot that figure, returning eight in total
-- including Caroline Flint, who quit Gordon Brown`s
government in 2008 complaining that female ministers were
being treated as "window dressing".
Twin sisters Angela and Maria Eagle have been promoted to
the top team, as have Meg Hillier and Ann McKechin. Ex-
Cabinet Office Minister Tessa Jowell retains her status, while
Mary Creagh enters the shadow cabinet despite never having
served on the front bench.
Rosie Winterton had already been appointed shadow chief
whip after being nominated unopposed.
Ed Miliband has signalled that he will not be rushed into
making formal appointments. Cooper is the favourite to take on
the Treasury portfolio after topping the ballot.
Some 49 MPs had put themselves forward for the election,
after the departure of Lord Mandelson, Alistair Darling, Jack
Straw and Bob Ainsworth from frontline politics following the
defeat of David Miliband in the leadership election.