I am absolutely delighted to have been asked to serve on the Front Bench, in a brand new position that is extremely close to my heart. This Cabinet Office brief, as Shadow Minister for Trade Unions and Civil Society, is an honour to take on and will build upon existing relationships and develop many more.
Politics across the UK has been set alight by the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Leader of the Labour Party. With over a quarter of a million people voting for his leadership, Jeremy has achieved a mandate that many could only dream of. We need to build on this and involve all areas of society in determining a fairer more equal future of our country.
This is a chance to do politics in a different way. It is a chance to work with the Trade Unions to enhance the engagement of their members in politics and support the link between them and the Labour Leadership. It is a chance to work to promote the Labour Party’s engagement with wider civil society and the participation of community organisations in politics.
I am honoured to have been asked to take on this brief and look forward to supporting the Leader, Deputy Leader, Shadow First Minister and the frontbench team as we look to build a strong opposition to the disastrous and deepening austerity policies being pursued by the Conservative government.