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Coventry MP Taiwo Owatemi bags role working for Labour Party's new Shadow Home Secretary

John Carlon 22nd Apr, 2020 Updated: 22nd Apr, 2020

TAIWO Owatemi, the newly elected MP for Coventry North-West, is set to start a new role supporting the shadow Home Secretary in Keir Starmer’s reorganised top team.

She will work as Parliamentary Private Secretary to new Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds MP.

The role will see her liaise with Labour backbenchers on home affairs.

The 27-year-old MP said she will use her role to hold the government to account on matters of police numbers and domestic security.

A PPS job is often seen by political commentators as the first rung on the ladder to becoming a minister.

Ms Owatemi said: “This is an important opportunity to further hold the government to account, and especially on police numbers.

“While we confront the impact of coronavirus on our community, we are reminded that the main responsibility of government is to keep us all safe. I’m so grateful for our frontline police officers who are doing everything they can during this difficult time.

“In this role I hope to highlight the importance of neighbourhood police officers and the vital role they play in keeping us safe here in Coventry.”

In a social media post announcing her appointment, Nick Thomas-Symonds MP, said: “I am delighted to welcome Taiwo Owatemi to the Labour Shadow Home Office Team as PPS.

“Taiwo has already made a great impact as a newly-elected, campaigning MP, and I am really looking forward to working with her and the rest of the team.”

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