Jeremy Corbyn has announced his latest set of appointments including Plymouth Labour's Luke Pollard who joins the Shadow Defra team as a Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) with immediate effect.
The Shadow Defra team is responsible for shadowing Michael Gove's department and has responsibility for the environment, food, fisheries, marine and water issues within Jeremy Corbyn's team.
Luke Pollard, Labour and Co-operative MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport said:
"When I was elected I said I'd take Plymouth's issues to the very heart of Westminster. Plymouth is a world leader in marine issues and being part of the Shadow Defra team means I can take those issues directly to Labour's front bench on a daily basis. With Brexit fast approaching issues affecting fishing, the environment, food prices and marine issues will become even more important. Being a PPS gives me the chance to put Plymouth's voice at the very heart of that debate. It's a great opportunity for me and for Plymouth."
Sue Hayman MP, Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said:
"Luke has only been an MP for six weeks but already in that time he has been a powerful advocate of the fishing interests in Plymouth. I've also been impressed by his vision for Plymouth Sound to be designated as the country's first National Marine Park. I'm delighted that Luke has joined the Shadow Defra team as my PPS. With the Government's handling of the environment and fisheries seriously in doubt I need a first class team and that is exactly what we now have."
You can find out more about Labour's Defra team on their Twitter here.