HARTLEPOOL MP Iain Wright is relishing a new business role in the shadow cabinet after being promoted by Labour leader Ed Milliband in a reshuffle.
Mr Wright has been made a shadow spokesman on business, innovation and skills after a shake-up of the Labour front bench.
He said he will use his new role to push for a new national economic strategy after he said the Government’s plans for economic growth are not working.
Mr Wright said: “It is an honour to be asked by Ed Miliband to take on this important role.”
He will work alongside the newly-appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Chuka Umunna.
He added: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with Chuka to highlight the fact that the Government’s strategy for economic growth is not working, and that Britain needs an alternative business strategy that rewards fairness and hard work and creates prosperity for all, both in Hartlepool and around the country.”
Mr Wright was previously a minister with the Department of Children, Schools and Families for 14-19 Reform and Apprenticeships.
He had been in his education role since 2009.
In his new role as Shadow Minister for Competitiveness and Enterprise, Mr Wright will have responsibility for holding the Government to account on its business and enterprise policy.
He will lead the Labour Party’s policy review on business sectors, including the low carbon economy, manufacturing, construction and the motor industry, as well as competitiveness, economic growth and trade policy.
Chuka Umunna MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, said: “I am delighted that Iain has agreed to join the team.
“His work in business prior to becoming an MP and outstanding work as a Minister in Government will add real depth and experience.
“Under the Tory-led Government, the Business Department – which should be the department of growth – is failing to deliver.
“It is my absolute priority to push for growth and jobs throughout the country.”