Although not a lot changed in Nottinghamshire after the General Election, the MP for Nottingham East – Chris Leslie – has been made Shadow Chancellor.
Interim Labour leader, Harriet Harman, has moved to replace Ed Balls, who lost his seat in Morley and Outwood to his Conservative opponent by 422 votes. Chris Leslie, on the other hand, extended his majority in Nottingham East to 11,894 votes. The announcement was made on Monday.
The new Shadow Chancellor, was very thankful in his acceptance speech and also made reference to the need for courage amongst the members of the party.
This follows a devastating night for the Labour party who ended 99 seats behind their Conservative rivals, losing all but one of their seats in Scotland to the SNP and ultimately led to the resignation of leader Ed Miliband.
“I take absolute and total responsibility for our defeat. I am so sorry for all of those colleagues who lost their seats.”
Looking forward for Chris Leslie, it will be a tricky 5 years. The former Secretary to the Treasury will inherit a role where he is required to ensure the budget -as proposed by a Conservative only cabinet – remains fair and equal for all and put up opposition to George Osborne in the Commons. In an interview after the results were announced he reaffirmed his commitment to ensuring the best for his constituents and the nation.