Miliband appointed as shadow energy secretary

Miliband served as energy secretary between 2008-2010 and then as Labour leader from September 2010-2015, when he was replaced by Jeremy Corbyn.

As one of the key driving forces behind the Climate Change Act adopted by government in 2008, Miliband was a keen supporter of renewables and oversaw the launch of the Feed-in Tariff from April 1 2010.

He said on social media that he was “looking forward” to serving again in the shadow cabinet, while new Labour leader Keir Starmer described those newly appointed to shadow ministerial roles as demonstrating “the breadth, depth and talents of the Labour party.”

Alan Whitehead remains as shadow energy minister with responsibility for Labour’s Green New Deal, while Matthew Pennycook has been appointed shadow minister for climate change.