Atherton MP promoted to shadow cabinet role

Labour leader Ed Miliband with Julie Hilling
Labour leader Ed Miliband with Julie Hilling

BOLTON West MP Julie Hilling has been promoted to Opposition Whip in Labour Leader Ed Miliband’s Shadow Cabinet.

Atherton-based Ms Hilling, who has served as Shadow Parliamentary Private Secretary in Yvette Cooper’s Women and Equalities team since October 2010, now joins the Labour front bench as a Whip.

The Bolton West MP now has the job of ensuring unity amongst North West Labour MPs and for votes concerning the Foreign and International Development offices of state.

“This is a very great honour and I am delighted to take up this new position,” Ms Hilling said. “However my first, and most important priority, will always be to continue representing my constituents”.

Labour Leader Ed Miliband said: “I am delighted that Julie has joined the Labour frontbench. She is an extremely hardworking MP and she will be a great asset to the Whips Office”.