Kate Hollern MP has been appointed to a new ministerial role shadowing Communities and Local Government by the Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn.
The move comes at an important time, with central government slashing local government budgets, and councils struggling to maintain top quality services with ever-diminishing resources.
Kate was previously the Shadow Minister for Defence Procurement where she worked to put pressure on the Government over the delayed Frigate Building programme, raised concerns regarding safety on live ammunition training ranges and made the case for defence equipment procured by the UK to be built in the UK.
Kate served as Leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council before entering Parliament and has vowed to use that experience in her new role.
Commenting, Kate Hollern MP said:
"I am delighted to have been appointed by Jeremy Corbyn to the shadow communities and local government team at this crucial time with councils across the country feeling the strain of Conservative cuts."
"As someone who served as leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council before entering Parliament, I know how vitally important services are to communities and I am looking forward to working with colleagues to lay out a Labour message for the future of local government fit to meet the challenges of today and in decades to come."
"In this role I will hold the Government to account for their actions and continue to serve the people of Blackburn as their voice in parliament."