Jack Dromey moves up to shadow housing minister
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Jack Dromey moves up to housing minister
Former trade union leader Jack Dromey has been bumped up to shadow housing minister in a Labour Party reshuffle that has seen Alison Seabeck move to the defence brief.
Ms Seabeck said today she was "sorry" to be leaving housing, but added that the recent policy review she has been working on with Caroline Flint has now been submitted to party leader Ed Miliband.
Mr Dromey - one of 23 new MPs to join Ed Miliband's opposition benches last year - has been part of the shadow communities team led by Caroline Flint for the past year, mainly shadowing the planning brief.
Mr Dromey - the husband of Labour's deputy leader Harriet Harman - is an MP for Erdington, Birmingham.
He has been a fierce critic of the Government's planning reforms and has said that the Coalition's National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) is a "recipe for conflict and chaos" in the planning system.
Speaking after a fringe at the Labour Party Conference held by the Royal Institute of British Architects in September, he said: "A successful planning system should promote growth and house-building whilst protecting our natural environment and giving local people a say. It is clear that the framework does not provide sufficient protection for green spaces or our town centres, it abolishes Labour's brownfield first and it doesn't support affordable housing.
"Labour has asked for an extension to the consultation period and a vote on the final document in Parliament. It is absolutely wrong that the Government is trying to steamroll such a vital national document through Parliament with no scrutiny or debate."
Mr Dromey said today: “I am delighted to be appointed by Ed Miliband to be Labour’s Shadow Minister for Housing. We will be holding the Government to account over its abject failure to tackle the growing housing crisis, with collapsing house building the direct consequence of its failed economic and planning policies. I look forward, together with Ed and Hilary Benn, to setting out Labour’s housing vision for the future, a decent home for all at a price everyone can afford.”
It was confirmed last week that Leeds MP Hilary Benn has been appointed shadow communities secretary, with Caroline Flint moving to the energy and climate change brief to shadow Chris Huhne.
The full shadow communities team is:
- Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP
- Jack Dromey MP
- Helen Jones MP
- Roberta Blackman-Woods MP
- Chris Williamson MP
- Lord (Bill) McKenzie
- Lord (Sir Jeremy) Beecham