Liz Kendall becomes Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The MP for Leicester West, Liz Kendall, has become the new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions following Labour's historic win. The 53-year-old came to national prominence after running against Jeremy Corbyn for the Labour leadership in 2015, finishing last.

In 2020 she became the shadow minister for social care and last year got promoted to shadow secretary for work and pensions - a job previously held by the former Leicester South MP Jon Ashworth, who failed to hold his seat at the latest election.

She was first elected to Parliament in 2010, taking over the safe Labour seat vacated by Patricia Hewitt. At the latest election she received 15,798 votes, beating the second-place Conservative candidate Max Chauhan, who achieved less than half that, with just over 7,000 votes.

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Her 2024 majority of nearly 9,000 votes is twice as strong as her win in 2019, when she achieved a majority of 4,212 votes. Although the actual number of votes she received was down from 17,291 to 15,798 - she managed to increase her lead only by the Tory vote dropping massively from 13,079 in 2019 to nearly half that this year.

Other appointments to the cabinet today have been as expected, with Rachel Reeves becoming Chancellor, Angela Rayner becoming Deputy PM, David Lammy becoming Foreign Secretary, Yvette Cooper Home Secretary and John Healey the Defence Secretary.

It is not expected that any of Leicestershire's other MPs will get ministerial positions. The only other Labour MPs in the county since last night are Amanda Hack in North West Leicestershire and Jeevun Sandher in Loughborough, who are both new in Parliament.

The Leicester East MP Claudia Webbe had already been kicked out of the Labour Party long before the election and her seat went to the Conservative candidate Shivani Raja last night, while Jon Ashworth, the former Leicester South MP, lost his seat to independent Shockat Adam.