A BARNSLEY MP has been promoted to the role of Shadow Minister after Ed Miliband’s reshuffle of his team.

Michael Dugher, the MP for Barnsley East, will now be a full member of the Shadow Cabinet, with responsibilities for policy areas including public sector efficiency and reform, Civil Service issues and government transparency.

Mr Dugher also retains responsibility for political and campaign communications.

"I'm honoured to have been appointed to this new position," he said. "I look forward to working with the rest of the Shadow Cabinet to highlight the government’s unfair policies and to expose how David Cameron is failing to deal with the cost of living crisis in Barnsley and across the country.

"It's also a privilege to play my part in working to see a Labour government in 2015 and helping Ed Miliband into Number 10."