Ian Lavery has spoken of his delight at being given a top position in Labour’s new shadow cabinet.
The Wansbeck MP has been named party chairman.
He was the joint election co-ordinator for Labour and received praise for the job he was doing by leader Jeremy Corbyn during his speech to party supporters in Blyth a few days before the poll.
Mr Lavery said: “It’s an honour to be given the position of chairman of the Labour Party and in addition to being re-elected to serve the residents of Wansbeck, I feel that nationally we can now continue to shape the future of Britain for everyone – giving Wansbeck a national profile.
“I am thrilled at the opportunity provided by the party and the potential to keep our movement generating the levels of support it has already.
“Together we will build on the vision of the Labour Party to fight for a fair and more equal society and I will use the opportunity of re-election and the new position as party chairman to promote not only our core values as a party, but to fight for equality in all communities, both nationally and locally, including Wansbeck.”