Luciana Berger steps up to Labour's front bench (Stephen Twigg too)
Wavertree MP Luciana Berger has lived up to her rising star status after joining Labour's front bench just five months after being elected to parliament.
She has been appointed an energy and climate change spokesperson in Leader Ed Miliband's new shadow team charged with taking on the coalition government.
"I am delighted, excited ...amazed, to be honest," the 29-year-old said.
"It is an incredibly important agenda, building on the successes of the last Labour government in that field and taking forward the challenges of the 21st century."
West Derby MP Stephen Twigg has been appointed part of the shadow foreign affairs team headed by Yvette Cooper.
However, he is a front bench return of sorts, having been schools standards minister in the run-up to the 2005 general election when he lost his London seat.
"I am delighted, having known Yvette for a long time," he said.
"I can now make use of my five years out of Westminster when I ran the party's foreign policy unit."