Karin Smyth appointed Shadow Deputy Leader of the House

Karin Smyth MP has been appointed to a new Parliamentary post as Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons.

As Deputy to Valerie Vaz MP (Shadow Leader of the House of Commons) Karin Smyth will be central to the Labour front bench team’s input to the arrangement of Commons business.

“I’m looking forward to getting my teeth into this new role, playing a key part in holding the government to account. We need to ensure we have a modern, open Parliament and that the focus of MPs’ work in the Chamber reflects the priorities of the many not the few,” said Karin Smyth.

The new post means the Bristol South MP has stepped down from her role as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Sir Keir Starmer MP.