Former Corbyn leadership challenger Owen Smith has returned to Labour's front bench

 
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An MP who previously tried to unseat Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader has returned to the party's frontbench in the aftermath of last week's General Election.

Owen Smith, who was defeated by Corbyn in a leadership challenge last summer, will serve as the party's shadow Northern Ireland secretary.

In Corbyn's first appointments since the party gained 30 seats at last week's election, the Labour leader has also handed a promotion to election co-ordinator Andrew Gwynne.

Gwynne gains a shadow cabinet brief for the first time, and will serve as the party's shadow communities and local government secretary.

Newcomer and Kircaldy MP Leslie Laird will serve as shadow Scotland secretary.

The appointments mark Corbyn's first efforts at reshaping his leadership team since the election.

Speculation has been rife that notable frontbenchers who have previously refused to serve under the Labour leader may be tempted to return.

Angela Eagle and Chuka Umunna are among the notable Labour MPs to have indicated a willingness to join the party's team after last week's results.

Appointments in full

Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Co-National Campaign Coordinator - Andrew Gwynne MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland - Lesley Laird MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland - Owen Smith MP

Shadow Minister for Diverse Communities - Dawn Butler MP

Co-National Campaign Coordinator and Party Chair - Ian Lavery MP

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