Shadow minister for cultural industries Tracy Brabin has announced that she is stepping down from the Labour frontbench to focus on her mayoral campaign after being selected as the party’s West Yorkshire candidate.
Alison McGovern, who already serves as shadow sport minister in Labour’s digital, culture, media and sport team led by Jo Stevens, will now also take up the role around cultural industries, which have been hard-hit by Covid.
Announcing her decision, the Batley and Spen MP tweeted: “In order to concentrate fully on becoming the Labour mayor of West Yorkshire I have taken the decision to step down as shadow minister for the cultural industries.
“Everyone I have been lucky enough to work with while in this role (and for years before!) know how much I love these industries – and in these difficult times they need someone who can champion and support them fully.
“So I’m delighted that @Alison_McGovern will take on this role, I know she’ll do an excellent job as she does with Sport. That said, I’m not going anywhere. A key plank of my campaign for the West Yorkshire Mayor is a creative new deal.