New shadow ministerial post for Wearside MP Sharon Hodgson

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Wearside MP Sharon Hodgson has a new shadow ministerial role - three months after resigning from Jeremy Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet.

The MP for Washington and Sunderland West has accepted a new post.

I think there has been a change in terms of attitude

Ed Miliband

She announced the appointment by reTweeting BBC reporter Ricahrd Moss: “@SharonHodgsonMP returns to @jeremycorbyn front bench as Shadow Public Health Minister.”

Mrs Hodgson quit her role as shadow minister for children and families at the end of June, saying it was clear Jermey Corbyn had lost the support of his MPs.

Her resignation letter to the Labour leader read: “Whilst I did not support you during the leadership contest last summer, your mandate was undeniable, and so, unlike others, I welcomed the opportunity to serve in your front bench team as Shadow Minister for Children and Families.

“It has now become apparent that you cannot command the support of the wider PLP (Parliamentary Labour Party)”.

Jeremy Corbyn’s reshuffle of Labour’s frontbench team comes as predecessor Ed Miliband claimed there was now an “acceptance” of his leadership.

The former Labour leader said there had been a change of attitude among MPs about Mr Corbyn following his re-election, despite the resignation of two whips following the sacking of their boss, Dame Rosie Winterton.

A series of senior MPs who quit in protest at Mr Corbyn’s leadership have returned to the fold.

Asked if Labour could win an election under Mr Corbyn, Mr Miliband told BBC Two’s Victoria Derbyshire show: “Absolutely, absolutely.

“Look, he got re-elected by our party, we’ve got more members than I think we’ve had in 40 or 50 years, he has mobilised party members and people who weren’t party members in a way that even I didn’t do so.

“Now the task is for all of us to take this out to the country and convince the country.

“And I think there has been a change in terms of attitude and will among the parliamentary party since Jeremy’s re-election; I think there’s an acceptance that he won, an acceptance that people have got to work with him and support him.

“It doesn’t mean there won’t be disagreements, it doesn’t mean that there will be constant peace, but it does mean there’s a sense that we’ve got to focus on the country not the party.”

Press Association analysis suggests that more than a quarter of the 63 MPs who quit have now returned to frontbench roles, either in the shadow cabinet or more junior positions.