Share

Gareth Thomas MP is new shadow minister for civil society

Gareth Thomas, new shadow minister for civil society
News

Gareth Thomas MP is new shadow minister for civil society1

Governance | 10 Oct 2011

Labour leader Ed Miliband has today announced the full team he hopes will support him to win the next election, including Harrow West MP Gareth Thomas as the new shadow minister for civil society.

Thomas (pictured), 44, is a Labour and Co-operative Party politician who has has held his seat for the last 14 years. He is chair of the Co-operative Party.

He was most recently shadow minister for higher education and science and before that held the shadow brief at DfID.

Before Labour lost the election, Thomas was a minister of state at the former Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and at DfID.  He has also been  parliamentary private secretary to Charles Clarke.

According to political watchdog website They Work for You, Thomas has voted very strongly for foundation hospitals, the hunting ban and gay rights, strongly for ID cards and moderately for university tuition fees.

Thomas' boss will be Jon Trickett who was unveiled last week as the new shadow minister for the Cabinet Office. The four other members of the shadow Cabinet Office team are Michael Dugher, Lord Stewart Wood, Lord Philip Hunt and Baroness Jan Royall.

Roberta Blackman-Woods, Nick Hurd's former shadow for civil society affairs, has moved into the Communities and Local Government team as shadow minister for planning.

Trickett has until now held no frontbench roles. Having entered Parliament in 1996, he has been MP for the Hemsworth constituency and is a born and bred Yorkshireman. According to They Work for You, Trickett voted strongly for a stricter asylum policy and for the hunting ban, but has also shown strong support for more liberal policies such as equal gay rights, and voted against the rise in student tuition fees.

Yvette Cooper will remain as shadow Home Secretary and as shadow minister for women and equalities. Married to Ed Balls, Cooper was part of the Cabinet from 2008 - 2010 during Labour's leadership.

Hilary Benn, former shadow leader of the House of Commons, becomes shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. He is widely experienced in the Labour Party having served under Gordon Brown as Secretary of State for Rural Affairs from June 2007 - May 2010, and under Tony Blair as Secretary of State for International Development from October 2003 - June 2007. His father, Tony Benn, is a fellow Labour MP and president of the Stop the War Coalition.

Former shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Ivan Lewis has become shadow Secretary of State for international development. He was previously the parliamentary under-Secretary of State for International Development from October 2008 - June 2009 and Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs under Gordon Brown from June 2009 - May 2010.

Full details of Ed Miliband's frontbench can be found here.

Henry Havins-caddick

S.R.R.A
18 Jan 2012

Now we have had the goverment go ahead to HS2 what is your stance as a Harrow mp ?

Comments

[Cancel] | Reply to:

Close »

Community Standards

The civilsociety.co.uk community and comments board is intended as a platform for informed and civilised debate.

We hope to encourage a broad range of views, however, there are standards that we expect commentators to uphold. We reserve the right to delete or amend any comments that do not adhere to these standards.

We welcome:

  • Robust but respectful debate
  • Strongly held opinions
  • Intelligent relevant discussion
  • The sharing of relevant experiences
  • New participants

We will not publish:

  • Rude, threatening, offensive, obscene or abusive language, or links to such material
  • Links to commercial organisations or spam postings. The comments board is not an advertising platform
  • The posting of contact details for yourself or others
  • Comments intended for malicious purpose or mindless abuse
  • Comments purporting to be from another person or organisation under false pretences
  • Gratuitous criticism, commentary or self-promotion
  • Any material which breaches copyright or privacy laws, or could be considered libellous
  • The use of the comments board for the pursuit or extension of personal disputes

Be aware:

  • Views expressed on the comments board are left at users’ discretion and are in no way views held or supported by Civil Society Media
  • Comments left by others may not be accurate, do not rely on them as fact
  • You may be misunderstood - sarcasm and humour can easily be taken out of context, try to be clear

Please:

  • Enjoy the opportunity to express your opinion and respect the right of others to express theirs
  • Confine your remarks to issues rather than personalities

Together we can keep our community a polite, respectful and intelligent platform for discussion.

Free eNews

Golden Lane Housing: Social investment can be 'absolutely the right thing' to do

24 Oct 2014

The director of Golden Lane Housing, the issuer of the first charity bond to be listed on the London Stock...

BeatBullying's technology CIC has not filed accounts with Companies House

22 Oct 2014

A software community interest company set up by the BeatBullying Group in 2012 is almost a year late filing...

Charity Commission to get £9m funding boost and new powers to tackle tax avoidance and terrorism

22 Oct 2014

The Charity Commission will receive £9m of extra funding over the next three years, as well as new powers...

Age UK spends £1.8m in latest round of redundancies

21 Oct 2014

Age UK spent £1.81m on 120 redundancies in 2014, on top of £1.17m last year, as part of a review of...

Stand Up To Cancer raises over £14.5m

21 Oct 2014

This weekend's Stand Up To Cancer event has raised over £14.5m so far, and that figure is continuing...

Charities 'must continue to fight for the right to influence policy'

20 Oct 2014

Civil society organisations must not give up the fight to influence policy and governments, the international...

BeatBullying's technology CIC has not filed accounts with Companies House

22 Oct 2014

A software community interest company set up by the BeatBullying Group in 2012 is almost a year late filing...

Blackbaud launches online giving platform for individual fundraisers

17 Oct 2014

Blackbaud has launched its online giving platform, everydayhero, for fundraisers in the UK in a bid to...

Don't dismiss social media 'slacktivists', fundraisers told at IFC

16 Oct 2014

Charities should embrace and love charity ‘slacktivists’ because social is a great ramp for new donors,...

Join the discussion

Twitter
 
Training

Attending our one day courses is a highly effective way of ensuring new and existing trustees fully understand their role, responsibilities and liabilities.

>> Find out more <<