South London Labour MP Steve Reed has been made a Shadow Home Office minister in the party’s reshuffle.
Referring to Mr McKenzie in a PinkNews interview in February, Steve Reed said: “He didn’t target me personally but he did raise the issue of equal marriage and of gay and lesbian adoption. Both of those he attacked in really quite intemperate terms, but was slapped down on all sides. It didn’t get any traction with the electorate.”
He voted for the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act at third reading in May – but was absent from the Commons during February’s second reading vote – undertaking work with the United Nations.
Mr Reed was named one of the three most influential council leaders in the country by the Local Government Chronicle in 2011.
The former leader of Lambeth Council was also the highest-ranked Labour politician in the Independent on Sunday’s 2010 Pink List.
Gay Labour MP Chris Bryant will now shadow the Department for Work and Pensions.