STALYBRIDGE and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds is one of the 'new generation' of MPs who have been awarded a place in the new shadow government.
The shadow team was announced by Leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband over the weekend. And Mr Reynolds - who was elected as an MP just five months ago - was awarded a place as assistant whip.
Whips are appointed by each political party in parliament. And their role is to help organise their party's contribution to parliamentary business.
Following the announcement of the appointment, Jonathan said: "Of course after just a few months as an MP, to receive this call like this from Ed Miliband was a complete surprise - but I am delighted.
"The whips play an important role in parliament. And to take on a role like this is a huge responsibility, that I will not take lightly.
"Ed Miliband has already shown a determination to unite the Labour Party. And it is by acting together that we will be able to do most to counter the harshest impact of the current Conservative Government."
After announcing the shadow government team, Leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband said: "I am delighted with Labour's front bench team.
"I am particularly pleased that I could bring in a new generation of talent, whilst also using the experience of a broad range of Labour MPs.
"This is a team from all parts of the party, which will robustly hold the coalition government to account."
Published October 11, 2010