Vicky Foxcroft has been named as the Labour Party's new shadow minister for civil society, with Steve Reed becoming shadow children's minister.
Reed had held the role since June 2017. His new post in the shadow education team had been vacant since March, when Emma Lewell-Buck resigned after defying the Labour party line during a series of votes on Brexit.
Foxcroft joins the shadow Digital, Culture, Media and Sport team after nearly four years in the whip's office. She has been an MP since 2015.
She represents Lewisham Deptford, where she has lived for 15 years, having previously been a local councillor. Before that she worked for a trade union.
In 2016 she set up the Youth Violence Commission in Parliament. She chairs the cross-party project, which published an interim report last July.
She said: “I’m delighted to be joining Labour’s Shadow Digital, Culture, Media and Sports team as shadow minister for civil society, and I’m grateful to Steve Reed MP for all his work in this role previously.
“I’m looking forward to holding the government to account, to amplifying the voice of our civil society, and to working to tackle loneliness across all our communities.”
On Twitter she added that she was excited about the new role.
Very excited to announce I have joined @tom_watson’s shadow DCMS team as Shadow Minister for Civil Society. Sad to be leaving @labourwhips but looking forward to getting stuck into a new challenge! Big thanks to my predecessor @SteveReedMP for all his hard work in the role.— Vicky Foxcroft MP (@vickyfoxcroft) June 24, 2019
Welcomed to the role
Charity leaders wished Reed luck in his new role and congratulated Foxcroft on her appointment and said they looked forward to working with her.
Congratulations to @vickyfoxcroft on your appointment to Shadow Civil Society Minister. We look forward to working with you!— CAF (@cafonline) June 24, 2019
We are sorry to see @SteveReedMP leave the post after all your hard work on the strategy, but wish you luck in your new role. https://t.co/Bzh8SbJIoS
congratulations @vickyfoxcroft as new shadow minister for #civilsociety - so important in tackling inequalities and even more so on the vital role of civil society in healing the wounds of a divided nation #socent #charities #socinv #impinv https://t.co/JVDFt2TqOF— cliffprior (@cliffprior) June 25, 2019
Congratulations, Vicky. It’s a super brief. You’ll get to see what’s best about people and just how much we still care about the causes we believe in. Look forward to working with you.— Karl Wilding (@karlwilding) June 24, 2019