Hilary Benn appointed new shadow secretary of state for NI
Hilary Benn has been appointed shadow secretary of state for Northern Ireland.
Benn is a veteran parliamentarian, and has represented Leeds Central since 1999.
He served in the cabinet from 2003 to 2010 under Labour prime ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.
More recently, he has served as shadow foreign secretary and chairman of the Brexit select committee.
Mr Benn is the son of former cabinet minister and veteran left-wing campaigner Tony Benn, who served in the cabinet under Labour prime ministers Harold Wilson and James Callaghan.