MPs in shadow cab­i­net roles

From West London to front benches

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By David Rivers david.rivers@trin­i­tymir­

WEST London MPs have been ap­pointed to Labour’s shadow cab­i­net.

Eal­ing Cen­tral and Ac­ton MP Rupa Huq has been given the role of shadow min­is­ter for home af­fairs with the re­spon­si­bil­ity for crime pre­ven­tion, in­clud­ing CCTV, DNA and drugs.

Dr Huq, whose team will be headed by new shadow home sec­re­tary Diane Ab­bott MP, said: “I am de­lighted to join the Labour front bench un­der Jeremy Cor­byn and am look­ing for­ward to getting stuck in to my brief and tak­ing the fight to the Tories.

“De­spite my new role, my con­stituents can rest as­sured that I will still con­tinue to hold my weekly ad­vice surg­eries, respond to all cor­re­spon­dence and be vis­i­ble within Eal­ing Cen­tral and Ac­ton.”

Har­row West MP Gareth Thomas has also been ap­pointed the shadow min­is­ter for com­mu­ni­ties and lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

Ham­mer­smith Andy Slaugh­ter MP is ap­pointed shadow hous­ing min­is­ter and shadow min­is­ter for London, de­spite quit­ting the front bench in June ear­lier this year.

And Brentford and Isle­worth MP Ruth Cad­bury also be­comes shadow min­is­ter for hous­ing.

Mr Thomas said: “I am pleased to join Teresa Pearce, Kate Hollern and Jim McMa­hon in the Shadow De­part­ment for Com­mu­ni­ties and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment team with re­spon­si­bil­ity for lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

“I’m keen to play my part in sup­port­ing Labour coun­cil­lors de­fend­ing vi­tal lo­cal pub­lic ser­vices from yet more fund­ing cuts, like the bril­liant coun­cil here in Har­row.

“I’m also keen to be­gin to ex­plore what a new Labour vi­sion for lo­cal gov­ern­ment might look like; one that recog­nises the move, in a very Bri­tish way, to­wards a more fed­eral United King­dom, which cham­pi­ons Eng­land’s tal­ents in our cities, bor­oughs and coun­ties, but which also gives lo­cal peo­ple more power to shape their com­mu­ni­ties in the way they think best.”

Mr Slaugh­ter said: “The roles of Shadow Min­is­ter for Hous­ing and Shadow Min­is­ter for London are very im­por­tant, and I am pleased to have been asked to un­der­take them.

“I will be deal­ing with a range of is­sues af­fect­ing Lon­don­ers while work­ing closely with the mayor Sadiq Khan’s of­fice, with a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on hous­ing. We are fac­ing a na­tional hous­ing cri­sis at present, which af­fects many of my con­stituents, who strug­gle with is­sues of af­ford­abil­ity and avail­abil­ity.

“Th­ese roles pro­vide me with an op­por­tu­nity to op­pose the gov­ern­ment and set out Labour’s pol­icy in th­ese two cru­cial ar­eas.”

RUTH CAD­BURY: The Brentford and Isle­worth MP has been made shadow min­is­ter for hous­ing

RUPA HUQ: The MP for Eal­ing Cen­tral & Ac­ton is shadow min­is­ter for home af­fairs

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