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Wales MPs named as shadow junior ministers

Owen Smith, Chris Bryant and Wayne David
Image caption Owen Smith, Chris Bryant and Wayne David

Nine Welsh MPs have been named as shadow junior ministers in the Labour opposition's reshuffle.

Caerphilly MP Wayne David, Ogmore's Huw Irranca-Davies and Rhondda MP Chris Bryant all have posts.

Pontypridd MP Owen Smith has become the first Welsh member of the 2010 Commons intake to get a job on Labour's front bench.

He has been appointed deputy to the Shadow Welsh Secretary Peter Hain.

He said it was a "great privilege" to be handed this job so soon after coming into parliament.

Mr David, a former MEP, becomes shadow European minister and Mr Bryant becomes a junior justice minister.

Mr Irranca-Davies becomes a shadow energy minister in new leader Ed Miliband's team.

Cardiff West MP Kevin Brennan, who was tipped for a post in the shadow cabinet, becomes a junior shadow education minister.

Llanelli MP Nia Griffith and Wrexham MP Ian Lucas will shadow the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Delyn MP David Hanson gets a shadow treasury post, while Mark Tami, Alyn and Deeside MP becomes a Labour whip.

Peter Hain was earlier named as shadow Welsh Secretary after falling three votes short of securing an automatic place in his party's front bench team.

He was one of five "wild cards" chosen by new Labour leader Mr Miliband.

First Minister Carwyn Jones said: "Wales is the big winner in this team - to have a range of our Labour MPs working right across the key portfolios in government means that our voice will be heard loud and clear in Westminster."

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