Ian Lavery appointed shadow charities minister

The Labour MP for Wansbeck has been given an expanded brief that will also cover trade unions

Ian Lavery
Ian Lavery

Ian Lavery, the MP for Wansbeck in Northumberland, has been appointed as  shadow charities minister with an expanded brief that will also cover trade unions.

Lavery, who has been in parliament since the 2010 election, was announced as the new shadow minister for trade unions and civil society by the Labour Party this afternoon.

He replaces Lisa Nandy, the former shadow minister for civil society, who was promoted to shadow energy secretary in Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s first shadow cabinet.

A former mineworker who worked at the Lynemouth and Ellington collieries, Lavery spent eight years as president of the National Union of Mineworkers, succeeding Arthur Scargill in 2002.

His website says he has lived his whole life in the Wansbeck constituency, centred on Morpeth to the north of Newcastle upon Tyne, and became involved in politics after the 1984/5 miners strike.

He is a trustee of the Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation in the north-east, the Northumberland Aged Mineworkers' Homes Association, the Hirst Welfare Centre and the Woodhorn Museum.

He is also a patron of the Wansbeck Disability Forum and the south-east Northumberland branch of the brain injury charity Headway.

On the parliament.uk website, his political interests are listed as local regeneration, employment, energy, climate change, poverty, internationalism and sport.

He said in a statement on his own website that it was an honour to take up the role of shadow minister for trade unions and civil society.

"I am absolutely delighted to have been asked to serve on the front bench, in a brand new position that is extremely close to my heart," he said. "This Cabinet Office brief, as shadow minister for trade unions and civil society, is an honour to take on and will build upon existing relationships and develop many more."

He said politics had been set alight by Corbyn’s election as Labour leader and it was a chance to do politics in a different way.

"It is a chance to work to promote the Labour Party’s engagement with wider civil society and the participation of community organisations in politics," he said.

Lavery, is a member of the Energy & Climate Change Select Committee and, according to his website, takes part in all-party parliamentary groups that promote the regeneration of the former coalfields.

His website says  he enjoys sport, particularly football, cricket and boxing, and is a keen greyhound owner.

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