New Labour leader Ed Miliband has appointed three West Midlands MPs to key positions in his front bench team, just six months after they were elected to the House of Commons.
Birmingham Ladywood MP Shabana Mahmood, aged 30, and Birmingham Erdington MP Jack Dromey, aged 62, are part of Mr Miliband’s “new generation” of campaigners.
Mr Dromey, a veteran campaigner who was a senior Transport and General Workers Union official before becoming an MP, has become a shadow local government minister.
Ms Mahmood, an Oxford-educated barrister from Small Heath, is a shadow minister in the Home Office.
They are among 12 MPs in Labour’s new front bench team who were elected for the first time in May.
Wolverhampton MP Emma Reynolds (Wolverhampton North East), who was also elected in May, becomes a shadow foreign office minister aged 32.
Mr Miliband claimed a “new generation” was leading the Labour Party, in his speech to the party conference after becoming leader last month.
Mr Dromey said: “It will be an honour to fight Erdington and Birmingham’s cause from the Labour front bench as a shadow minister.”
He added: “The new generation is not just about the excellent bright young things on Labour’s benches, but also those with experience who have fought battles for working people for decades.”
Birmingham Hodge Hill MP Liam Byrne is the only West Midlands MP to win a spot in the shadow Cabinet, after snatching the final seat in a poll of MPs.
He came 19th in a ballot of Labour Party MPs, just enough to give him one of 19 available positions.
Mr Byrne, a Treasury Minister in Gordon Brown’s government, received 100 votes, one vote more than the candidate who came 20th in the poll.
Mr Miliband has named him shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office.
Wolverhampton South East MP Pat McFadden, a high-profile business minister in Gordon Brown’s government, came 25th in the poll with 84 votes and did not win a seat. There were 49 candidates in total.
Other shadow ministers who also served in Gordon Brown or Tony Blair’s administrations include John Spellar (Warley), who becomes a shadow foreign office minister; Ian Austin (Lab Dudley North), who becomes a shadow culture minister, and David Wright (Telford), who continues as a party whip.
Mr Miliband said: “I am particularly pleased that I could bring in a new generation of talent, whilst also using the experience of a broad range of Labour MPs.
“This is a team from all parts of the party, which will robustly hold the coalition Government to account.”