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New Labour shadow housing minister revealed

Labour’s new housing spokesperson is the experienced MP Lucy Powell, who until the weekend was shadow business and consumer affairs minister. 

She replaces Thangam Debbonaire, who has been moved to become shadow Leader of the House of Commons. 

The low profile Steve Reed, MP for Croydon North, will remain as Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, shadowing Robert Jenrick. 


Powell's appointment came in the controversial reshuffle from Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, following the party's poor performance in the elections held last Thursday. 

Powell, whose new post will see her join the shadow cabinet, has tweeted: "Really pleased to become the shadow housing secretary - some really big issues to tackle from cladding, housing crisis, private rented sector, homelessness and providing decent housing for all, to name a few. I will really miss my role as shadow business minister." 

Powell, 46, is massively more experienced in politics than was Debbonaire.

Powell was elected to Parliament in 2012, having previously worked in campaigning and public relations roles for the Labour Party itself and the pro-EU organisation Britain in Europe.

She was a shadow cabinet office minister and vice-chairperson of the Labour Party for the 2015 General Election, and then became shadow sectreary of state for education in the early months of Jeremy Corbyn's leadership. 

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    That's great. All problems solved. Labour can't lose the next election with these changes. Well done Starmer, sir.
    Musical chairs with people we have never heard of nor care about.

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    Who is/was Thangam Debbonaire? Sounds like a 1960s pop group! Now replaced by Lucy Powell (who she?). What can she say that gets her noticed? Absolutely nothing.

    So EAT seems to think we are really interested in this "NEWS". I think not.


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