Thangam’s new role on the front bench

January 28 2016
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Thangam’s new role on the front bench

BRISTOL West MP, Thangam Debbonaire, has been promoted to the Labour party front bench.

Appointed as shadow minister for Culture, Media and Sport, Ms Debbonaire said: “I’m thrilled to bits at my new appointment. The focus will be on the culture part of the brief, which makes the role a great fit with my personal and professional background, and the vibrant cultural life of my city.”

She added: “As a former professional cellist, I’m proud to be able to make this contribution to our national cultural life. The Labour Party has a great track record of supporting the arts and I will do everything I can to continue that tradition.”

It will be Ms Debbonaire’s job to hold the Government to account during debates on culture funding and support in the House of Commons, and also through questions to the department.

Ms Debbonaire plans to take up her new post gradually during the next few months as she is undergoing radiotherapy treatment in Bristol this month, having had a cancerous tumour removed last November.

She is currently working mornings at her Bristol West constituency office and hopes to return to Westminster on a part-time basis by the end of February, and full-time by May.

Ms Debbonaire added: “I’ve just started a four-week course of radiotherapy – the last part of my treatment for breast cancer – and will be making a phased return to Parliament over the following weeks.

“I’m very grateful for the support of the Labour Party leadership and my constituency team in being able to do so.”