Labour completes its shadow line-up
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• Labour will fight the next election with what the party enthusiastically describes as a haulier-friendly transport team of Glenda Jackson and Keith Bradley to back up newly appointed shadow secretary of state Andrew Smith.
Labour insiders say hauliers will benefit because Smith comes to the post with an economic mind sharpened by his years as a shadow Treasury minister. They say he unlike outgoing shadow Transport Secretary Clare Short, who was well-briefed by the enviromnental lobby.
Jackson will take over as shadow minister for road safety, shipping and aviation issues. while Bradley takes an roac building and railways. Both an intended to be high-profile media-friendly appointments.
Former shadow Transport Minister Graham Allen has been made shadow Health and Safety Minister. Ile had only been in Labour's transport team since the lastre-shuffle November.