Barbra Keeley, the Labour MP for Worsley and Eccles South, has been appointed as Shadow Minister for Arts and Civil Society.

Keeley has been the MP for Worsley and Eccles South since May 2005 and is a former charity consultant.

The vacancy for Shadow Minister has been open for three months, following Rachael Maskell’s resignation in December. Rachael resigned from the role so she was able vote against laws requiring NHS staff to be vaccinated.

Keeley tweeted saying she is “delighted to be appointed Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Arts and Civil Society”.

She explained that she “looks forward to working with the sectors,”  enabling the power of charities, arts and culture.

The tweet, revealing the news, was filled with positivity and congratulates.

Salford Mayor, Paul Dennett, commented: “Congratulations Barbra, great news! Looking forward to working with you in this brief…”

Barbra Keeley has had many previous roles in Westminster. Some recent roles include being a member of the Commons Health and Social Care Select Committee and Shadow Minister for Mental Health and Social Care.

Previously, Keeley has had involvement in campaigns such as #FoodOnPlates, which aimed to prevent food waste and instead, encourage food donation.

Barbra has also recently urged the Boundary Commission to reconsider the plans for Worsley and Eccles South constituency.

Lucy Powell, Labour MP for Manchester Central and Shadow Secretary of State for Digital Culture Media and Sport, tweeted praising Barbra’s experiences, her passion for the arts and her track record of working with charity and voluntary sectors.

“She is a fantastic addition to our team”, Lucy Powell wrote.

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