New shadow minister for civil society named

08 Sep 2023 News

Lilian Greenwood is shadow minister for arts, heritage and civil society.

The Labour Party has named Lilian Greenwood as its shadow civil society minister as part of the opposition party’s reshuffle. 

Heritage has been added to the shadow civil society minister’s brief, which also includes the arts.

Greenwood takes over from Barbara Keeley, who has become shadow minister for music and tourism after 18 months with the civil society brief.

Keeley was shadow minister for arts and civil society since March 2022. She replaced Rachael Maskell, who resigned three months before. 

Greenwood has been the Labour MP for Nottingham South since 2010. 

She moves from her role as opposition deputy chief whip, which she held for two years. Previously, she was shadow transport secretary from 2015 to 2016.

Before her career in politics, she was a regional official for the trade union Unison. She worked there for 17 years.  

Greenwood is a patron of the Nottinghamshire Deaf Society, a role she took up this year. 

Meanwhile, Thangam Debbonaire has been appointed shadow secretary of state for culture, media and sport, replacing Lucy Powell.

In a social media post, Greenwood said she was “thrilled” to be joining Debbonaire’s team as shadow minister for the arts, heritage and civil society. 

“I’m looking forward to working with the rich tapestry of arts, heritage and third sector organisations that are so vital to our national life and Britain’s future,” she said.

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