South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck says she is looking forward to a fresh challenge after being promoted in Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet reshuffle.
Mrs Lewell-Buck has been appointed as a shadow junior minister for devolution and local government in Labour’s front bench.
She has ended her former role as a parliamentary under secretary to Andy Burnham, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary.
The 37-year-old will now answer to Jon Trickett, the shadow secretary of state for communities and local government.
Mrs Lewell-Buck said: “As a former councillor, I am delighted to be joining Labour’s frontbench as a shadow junior minister in the Department for Communities and Local Government.
“Local government plays a vitally prominent role in all of our lives, yet after five years of the coalition and only eight months into a Conservative Government, the challenges for our local authorities are becoming greater.
“I am looking forward to working with my colleagues in the Labour Party holding the Government to account, but more importantly having an input into Labour’s offer for local government.”
She also tweeted: “Big, big thanks to everyone for your very kind tweets, sorry if I have not responded to everyone individually.
“Sad to be leaving Home Office Team as @andyburnhammp PPS, but pleased to be joining DCLG as Shadow Jnr Minister.”
Mrs Lewell-Buck succeeded David Miliband as MP for South Shields in May 2013.
Since her election, she has campaigned on a number of issues, including opposing the bedroom tax, calling for action on the cost of living crisis and calling for reform of child protection.
She sits on the House of Commons’ Work and Pensions Select Committee, which deals with issues including food safety, wildlife and the natural environment.
Her appointment came as part of a reshuffle which saw Mr Corbyn sack two senior figures for “disloyalty” and install a Trident opponent in the key shadow defence brief, as he seeks to get a grip on his top team.