Sir Keir Starmer has carried out a reshuffle of his Shadow Cabinet ministers this week, with the Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth being reassigned to Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary.
Mr Ashworth, MP for Leicester South, was in the Shadow Health office from 2016 until this month. He was one of the few shadow ministers to retain his job during the change of leadership from Jeremy Corbyn to Sir Keir Starmer, and was kept on during the difficult period of Spring 2020 as the pandemic surged throughout the UK.
It has been announced that Wes Streeting is now the Shadow Health and Care Secretary. Mr Streeting acted previously as the Shadow Minister for Child Poverty and was an outspoken critic of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the party. He is a former president of the National Union of Students and recovered from a kidney cancer diagnosis this July.
Other changes to the Shadow Cabinet include the appointment of Yvette Cooper as the new Shadow Home Secretary, Nick Thomas-Symonds as Shadow Trade Secretary and Jonathan Reynolds as Shadow Business Secretary.
BIVDA will be reaching out to Mr Streeting’s office to welcome him to his new role, and to begin engaging with him on topics regarding support for the UK IVD and wider life sciences sectors.