Vernon becomes Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

Following the election of the new Labour Party Leader, Vernon remains in the Shadow Cabinet although he will now be looking after the brief for Northern Ireland. He hands over responsibility for the Defence brief to Maria Eagle MP.

Vernon is pleased to return to the shadow Northern Ireland brief after originally fulfilling this role between 2011 and 2013. He looks forward to supporting bi-partisan efforts to bring peace and stability to Northern Ireland.

Vernon would like to thank everybody who has wished him well in this new post.