PETER Kyle has been appointed the new shadow Northern Ireland secretary in a Labour cabinet reshuffle.

The MP for Hove and Portslade has been promoted from his former role as shadow minister for schools.

The 51-year-old replaces Louise Haigh, who left her post as shadow Northern Ireland secretary to replace Jim McMahon as shadow transport secretary.

It comes after she made headlines earlier this month when she said Labour should be neutral if there was an Irish unity referendum.

The reshuffle also saw Sir Keir Starmer appoint Yvette Cooper as shadow home secretary.

In other moves, David Lammy has been promoted to shadow foreign secretary, replacing Lisa Nandy, while Ed Miliband retained his role over climate change policy, but lost his shadow business secretary role to Jonathan Reynolds.

Sir Keir said the reshuffle would give him a "smaller, more focused shadow cabinet that mirrors the shape of the government we are shadowing".

"I look forward to working with the new team to show we are once again a serious party of government," the Labour leader added.

Peter Kyle has been a Member of Parliament since 2015.

A former charity sector executive, he previously served as a shadow justice minister from 2020 to 2021 and a shadow education minister in 2021.