The newly elected leader of the Labour Party Keir Starmer has appointed Thangam Debbonaire as shadow housing secretary.
Debbonaire said she is “honoured to have been asked to serve the country” as shadow secretary of state for housing, and added that she looks forward to campaigning for “strong housing policies that will improve lives across the country”.
She said: “In this national crisis and the effort to limit the spread of Covid-19, our homes are becoming more important than ever. Social distancing in a cramped, unsafe flat is very different from spending time at home in a large house with a garden.
“At the same time, the crisis is pushing people out of work and driving them to the brink of homelessness. I am keen to draw attention to these inequalities and scrutinise every proposal the government makes and offer constructive suggestions.”
Starmer said: “I’m proud to have appointed a Shadow Cabinet that showcases the breadth, depth and talents of the Labour Party.
“This is a new team that will be relentlessly focused on acting in the national interest to respond to the coronavirus pandemic and rebuilding Labour so that it can win the next election.”