Birmingham MP Jack Dromey is to take on a key role in Labour’s team as Shadow Police Minister, leading the party’s fight against police funding cuts in the run-up to the next general election.

Mr Dromey (Lab Erdington) was previously Labour’s former Shadow Housing Minister, but he also led a campaign against police cuts and revealed how West Midlands constabulary was losing almost 800 experienced officers by forcing them to retire.

West Midlands Police said it had no choice but to lose the officers after its budget was cut by a fifth.

The MP will work as part of Labour’s Shadow Home Office team.

There was also a new role for Birmingham MP Shabana Mahmood (Lab Ladywood), who moves to the shadow Treasury team.

Shabana Mahmood
Shabana Mahmood

The moves are part of Labour leader Ed Miliband’s reshuffle of his top team which saw Birmingham MP Liam Byrne sacked from his Shadow Cabinet job.

Mr Byrne (Lab Hodge Hill) was demoted from his role as Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary and moved to become a more junior minister responsible for Higher Education - the position previously held by Ms Mahmood.

Liam Byrne
Liam Byrne
 

He insisted he was delighted with his new role in the Department for Business, where he will report to the Shadow Business Secretary, Chuka Umunna.

Mr Byrne said: “I’m really looking forward to taking the fight to this out of touch government and helping Ed Miliband win in 2015.

“Universities are the powerhouse of our economy and our students are our future leaders of leaders. No challenge is bigger or more important than this.”

There was promotion for Wolverhampton MP Emma Reynolds (Lab Wolverhampton North East), who moved from Shadow Minister for Europe to replace Mr Dromey as Shadow Minister for Housing - and will now attend Shadow Cabinet meetings.

Emma Reynolds, Wolverhampton North East MP
Emma Reynolds
 

Stoke MP Tristram Hunt (Stoke Central) was named Shadow Education Secretary.

David Cameron carried out his own reshuffle of junior ministers and promoted Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid (Con), who moves from Economic Secretary to the Treasury to Financial Secretary.

Sajid Javid
Sajid Javid
 

It means Mr Javid begins a more senior role in one of the most important departments of Government, where he will have responsibility for reforming banks and will sometimes represent the UK in meetings of EU finance ministers.

Tories claimed Mr Miliband had sacked or demoted MPs, such as Mr Byrne, who once supported former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair.

But Labour said the party was promoting rising stars like Ms Reynolds, who became an MP in 2010, as well as putting more women into senior jobs.