Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of opening up a north-south divide in the Labour party by neglecting northern MPs in his Shadow Cabinet and promoting London-based MPs.
Two shadow ministers who resigned in protest at the Labour leader's decision to sack Pat McFadden and Michael Dugher said there was a danger that the frontbench was becoming "too London centric".
Kevan Jones, who quit as a shadow defence minister, said voters will "look on in dismay" at the decision by Mr Corbyn to install his north London constituency neighbour Emily Thornberry as Shadow Defence Secretary.
"Our defence policy is being controlled by a north London party of the party," he told the BBC.
Mr Corbyn sacked Mr McFadden, a Scotsman who represents Wolverhampton South East, and Mr Dugher, a South Yorkshireman who represents Barnsley East.
Mr Reynolds, MP for the Greater Manchester constituency of Stalybridge and Hyde, said: “I think there is a danger that we might become too London centric – that’s a regular complaint from Labour party members in my area - not just limited to Jeremy’s administration, I can say that’s a regular complaint that comes up.
“But clearly the frontbench is geographically a little bit unbalanced now I would say in the Shadow Cabinet and it’s something we need to watch out for.
“I very much agree with the Howard Wilson school of building a Shadow Cabinet or a Cabinet – you need to make sure you’re balancing not just politics but gender, geography, to make sure you’re getting that balanced so the nation looks at Labour and says ‘these people understand my life and they are the right people for me; I want them to be the government for the country.”
In pictures: Jeremy Corbyn reshuffle
In pictures: Jeremy Corbyn reshuffle
1/11 Jonathan Reynolds,Shadow Railways Minister: RESIGNED
He resigned as shadow railways minister in protest at the reasons for sacking Pat McFadden
2/11 Kevan Jones, Shadow Defence Minister: RESIGNED
He resigned as a shadow defence minister who strongly supports renewal of Trident. Has spoken out against Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership before and was also the centre of a row with Ken Livingstone after he said Jones “might need some psychiatric help” (Jones has previously spoken about his struggle with depression)
3/11 Stephen Doughty, Shadow Foreign Minister: RESIGNED
He quit as a shadow foreign minister in protest at the sacking of his colleague Pat McFadden as shadow Europe minister. He said he had “looked at his own conscience” and decided to step down
4/11 Pat McFadden, Shadow Europe Minister: SACKED
He was sacked as shadow Europe minister for "disloyalty" to leader Jeremy Corbyn
5/11 Pat Glass, Shadow Europe Minister: SAFE
Former junior shadow education minister Pat Glass replaced Pat McFadden as shadow Europe minister
6/11 Emily Thornberry, Shadow Defence Secretary: SAFE
She was promoted to shadow defence secretary. She is anti-Trident and therefore more in tune with Corbyn’s stance and replaces Maria Eagle, who was pro-Trident
7/11 Emma Lewell-Buck, Shadow Minister for Devolution and Local Government: SAFE
Emma Lewell-Buck was promoted to shadow minister for devolution and local government
8/11 Michael Dugher, Shadow Culture Secretary: SACKED
Outspoken critic of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, has been sacked as shadow culture secretary for his "incompetence and disloyalty"
9/11 Hilary Benn, Shadow Foreign Secretary: SAFE
Hilary Benn remains as shadow foreign secretary, but Corbyn’s team has insisted his role now comes with ‘new conditions’ that he must agree with Corbyn over foreign policy. Benn insists there are no ‘new conditions’ attached to his job and insisted: "I haven't been muzzled. I'm going to be carrying on doing my job exactly as before”
10/11 Maria Eagle, Shadow Culture Secretary: SAFE
Maria Eagle, moved from shadow defence to shadow culture secretary as part of Corbyn’s move to make his defence team match his anti-Trident views
11/11 Andy Burnham, Shadow Home Secretary: SAFE
Reports linked him to foreign secretary brief, but Corbyn appears to have backed down on sacking Hilary Benn. He does not see eye-to-eye with Corbyn on home affairs such as the Snooper’s charter, but removing your shadow home secretary so soon after starting would have been a dangerous move by Corbyn
Mr Corbyn was also accused of neglecting working class Labour MPs with the sacking of Mr Dugher and Mr McFadden.
Responding to the news that Mr Dugher had been sacked, Labour MP Graham Jones took to Twitter to complain that "traditional working class Labour is dying".
Meanwhile the Labour leader also came under fire for his appointment of Guardian journalist Seumas Milne as his director of strategy and communications.
Ian Austin branded him an "absolute disgrace" and described the reshuffle as "an absolute shambles". He said Mr Milne's approach to managing the media was "extraordinary".
“I’ve been involved in reshuffles the last 20 years, this is the worst handled and most botched reshuffle I’ve ever seen,” the Dudley MP told BBC News.
“[In] the weeks before … you had people in the leader’s office, I’m told by journalists, Seumas Milne, telling us that Hilary Benn was going to be sacked, that Michael Dugher was going to be sacked, a whole long list of people, not for questions of competence or loyalty but because they voted a different way on a free vote.
“I wouldn’t have appointed somebody with his views and his background to a senior position in the Labour party in the first place but I think his behaviour over the last few weeks has been an absolute disgrace."
Fellow Labour MP John Mann also criticised Mr Milne:
The briefings by Seamus Milne are getting wilder. He sees himself as the new Mandelson. But a)he is not that good b) that style is old hat— John Mann (@JohnMannMP) January 6, 2016
A spokesperson for Mr Corbyn however said: “Seumas Milne is doing his job in the normal way, as is everyone else.”Reuse content