N. Ireland Politics

Shaun Woodward remains in NI shadow post

The Labour leader has said Shaun Woodward will keep his job as opposition NI Secretary, despite not winning election to the shadow cabinet.

His appointment was one of a handful of posts appointed at Ed Miliband's discretion.

The new Labour leader announced on Friday that the St Helens South MP would keep the position.

Former NI Secretary Peter Hain, who also failed to gain enough votes from MPs in shadow cabinet elections, will carry on shadowing Wales.

Speaking on Friday, Mr Woodward said: "I have been reappointed to the job of shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which I am incredibly proud to do."