I am pleased to have been appointed as one of the Labour Party’s Shadow Foreign Office Ministers in Parliament.
The world today is an increasing fractious and precarious place. Now more than ever, the UK must look to build close ties with our neighbours and friends around the world.
In this new role, I take responsibility for Sub-Saharan Africa, the Commonwealth, China and Hong Kong, and parts of South Asia. These areas of the world face enormous challenges in the twenty-first century. And, as the Labour voice I will shine a light on these issues and challenges being faced by these regions.
As the climate emergency worsens, the impact of extreme weather will be most acutely felt across the Global South, from devastating droughts across Saharan Africa to catastrophic flooding in Bangladesh. More most be done to bring together global action on climate change to ensure we mitigate its worst effects and stop the rise in global temperatures.
We must work together to safeguard the human rights of all people around the world. This means challenges regimes who violate the human rights of their citizens, be this the persecution of the Uighur by the Chinese Government or safeguarding the rights of the Tamil minority in Sri Lanka.
I am proud to be joining Labour’s Shadow Foreign Affairs team and working with Emily Thornberry alongside other fantastic colleagues.