Labour reshuffle: Former law textbook publisher appointed shadow justice secretary

Steve Reed replaces David Lammy who’s promoted to shadow overseas sec

Steve Reed MP

A former authorized publisher turned MP has been named as Labour’s new shadow justice secretary.

Steve Reed, the MP for Croydon North since 2012, replaces Doughty Road barrister David Lammy who was promoted to the position of shadow overseas secretary as a part of chief Keir Starmer’s reshuffle.

In contrast to his predecessor, Reed is a non-lawyer who spent some 18 years in instructional publishing earlier than embarking on a full-time profession in politics.

However Reed, who strikes from the position of shadow communities and native authorities secretary, does have a connection to the law. His time in publishing contains spells with the Law Society, Thomson Reuters and ‘White Book’ creator Candy and Maxwell.

Commenting on his appointment, Reed took to Twitter to flag his work on a brand new law to extend the oversight on using drive in psychological well being models.

In the meantime, Lammy said it had been a “huge privilege” to have served within the position.

Individually, barrister and former shadow commerce secretary Emily Thornberry has been appointed to the position of shadow lawyer common. The MP for Islington South and Finsbury replaces Lord Falconer, a former barrister at Fountain Courtroom Chambers.

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