Labour names new shadow charities minister


Lilian Greenwood has been named as the shadow minister for civil society. 

The MP for Nottingham South succeeds Barbara Keeley, who had held the charity brief for the Labour Party since March last year. 

Keeley remains in Labours team under the new shadow culture secretary Thangam Debbonaire, but her brief will cover music and tourism.

Greenwood, who was shadow transport secretary between 2015 and 2016 under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, spent 17 years working for the union Unison before entering parliament in 2010. 

She served as shadow transport minister under Ed Miliband between 2011 and 2015 and chaired the Transport Select Committee from 2017 to 2020. 

She has been opposition deputy chief whip since May 2021. 

Greenwood has been given responsibility for arts, heritage and civil society, which is a smaller brief than the one held by Stuart Andrew, the minister she shadows. 

Andrew has responsibility for areas including sport, tourism, loneliness, youth, gambling and lotteries.

Writing on X, formerly Twitter, Greenwood said she was thrilled to be joining Debbonaires new team.

“I’m looking forward to working with the rich tapestry of arts, heritage and third sector organisations that are so vital to our national life and Britain’s future,” said Greenwood.

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