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West Yorkshire MPs given posts in new shadow cabinet

Ed Balls and Yvette Cooper
Image caption Ed Balls and Yvette Cooper were tipped as possible shadow chancellor

Four West Yorkshire MPs have been given positions in Labour's shadow cabinet.

Pontefract and Castleford MP Yvette Cooper said it was a "great honour" to be appointed shadow foreign secretary.

Her husband and Morley and Outwood MP Ed Balls, who along with his wife was tipped as possible shadow chancellor, becomes shadow home secretary.

Wakefield MP Mary Creagh is the new shadow environment secretary and Leeds Central MP Hilary Benn is shadow leader of the Commons.

Mr Balls said he was "surprised but pleased" to have been given the home affairs brief.

He said: "Obviously the economic argument has been very important to me - that is why I stood for leader of the Labour Party. But to me it's never been about the job you are doing and the particular personality, it is about winning the argument. For me, this home affairs brief is very important."

Ms Cooper said she was looking forward to starting her new job.

"It's a great honour for me, it's obviously a great challenge for me, but it's such an important job because so many of the issues that we face in Britain are actually global issues."

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