Andy Burnham returns as health team leader

 

Shadow Health Secretary John Healey has been replaced by former health minister Andy Burnham (pictured) as the Labour Party prepares to oppose the NHS reforms.

The appointment follows Healey’s resignation in light of the Party’s decision to abandon cabinet and shadow cabinet elections.

Andy Burnham, MP for Leigh, is currently Education Secretary, but was Health Secretary for the last six months of the previous Government, and formerly worked as Culture Secretary.

Healey’s resignation was joined by Business Secretary John Denham after the Labour Party Conference approved leader Ed Miliband’s call to scrap Party rules regarding shadow cabinet elections and give the Party leader personal control over the selection of cabinet.

In his resignation letter to Ed Miliband, Healey claimed that family commitments were his reason to resign as shadow Health Minister.