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Alan Johnson on new role as shadow chancellor

8 October 2010 Last updated at 18:21 BST

Alan Johnson has been named shadow chancellor in a surprise move by new Labour leader Ed Miliband.

Ed Balls, widely tipped for the Treasury brief, will be shadow home secretary, while Yvette Cooper, who topped the shadow cabinet poll of MPs, is shadow foreign secretary.

Alan Johnson have given his reaction to the appointment.