Tracy Brabin, MP for Batley and Spen, has been announced as the new Shadow Secretary of State for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Ms Brabin takes over the frontbench role which was held by former Deputy Leader Tom Watson, who stepped down from politics at the General Election.

The move will see Ms Brabin leave her role as Shadow Minister for Early Years, a post she had held for almost two-and-a-half years.

Having been a successful actor on stage and screen and a writer prior to entering politics, Ms Brabin brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of the arts to the role.

She also has a track record of improving access to the arts and culture in Batley and Spen since taking over the seat in 2016. This includes supporting the fantastic Batley and Spen Youth Theatre, organising for arts professionals to visit the area, and supporting brilliant cultural events such as Batley Festival and the Great Get Together.

Ms Brabin has also passionately supported grassroots sports clubs in Batley and Spen, and will push to ensure these clubs get the funding and support they need.

The current Secretary of State for DCMS is Nicky Morgan, who was handed a life peerage after she stepped down at December’s General Election and sits in the House of Lords.

Tracy Brabin, MP for Batley and Spen and new Shadow Secretary of State for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, said: I am delighted to have been appointed to this new role in the Shadow Cabinet.

“Taking on this role is a huge honour and I want to thank Jeremy Corbyn for putting his trust in me, and Tom Watson for the great work he did in this role previously.

“With more than 30 years’ experience in the creative industries, I feel perfectly placed to hold the Government to account.

“Culture and the arts are my life’s passion, but sport, the media and digital industry are all massively important to British life.

“I’m looking forward to meeting stakeholders and throwing myself into this role.

“A Government that doesn’t invest in culture is a Government disinterested in the wellbeing of its citizens.

“Manifesto pledges made by the Tories include investing in the arts in schools, supporting local libraries and museums and I’ll be holding the government’s feet to the fire to improve the Jobs, opportunities, happiness and wellbeing of the community and its citizens.”