Labour MPs back in parliament but where’s the power?

The election is over and Labour lost a lot of ground as the party saw its majority slashed.

Despite the loss in majority, all the MPs who had ministerial responsibility for employment matters have been returned to parliament. However, all lost ground as they saw votes drift to other parties.

Here’s how those whose departments have direct impact on HR fared:

IN – Patricia Hewitt – trade and industry secretary, Leicester West, with a -0.25% swing

IN – Alan Johnson – work and pensions secretary, Kingston upon Hull West & Hessle, with a -3.4% swing

IN – John Reid – health secretary, Hamilton North & Bellshill, with a -4.8% swing

IN – Malcolm Wicks – pensions minister, Croydon North, with a -9.8% swing

IN – Jane Kennedy – minister for work, Liverpool, Wavertree, with a -10.3% swing

IN – Jacqui Smith – deputy minister for women and equality, Redditch, with a 0.9% swing

IN – Gerry Sutcliffe – employment relations minister, Bradford South, with a -6.8% swing

IN – Ruth Kelly – education and skills secretary, Bolton West, with a -4.5% swing

IN – Ivan Lewis – minister for skills, Bury South, with a -8.8% swing

IN – John Hutton – health minister, Barrow & Furness, with a -8.1% swing

IN – Des Browne – minister for citizenship and immigration, Kilmarnock & Loudoun, with a -7.7% swing

IN – Kim Howells – minister for lifelong learning, further & higher education, Pontypridd, with a -7.7% swing

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