Luke has been on the Labour Environment team since 2017 and is delighted to lead the team. He is 1 of 9 Co-Operative Party MPs appointed to the Shadow Cabinet
Luke has been on the Labour Environment team since 2017 and is delighted to lead the team. He is 1 of 9 Co-Operative Party MPs appointed to the Shadow Cabinet
  • Newly elected Labour Leader Keir Starmer announces new Shadow Cabinet
  • Luke remains Shadow Environment Secretary after being on the DEFRA team since 2017
  • During this difficult time Luke is committed to constructively holding the government account 


Commenting on being re-appointed to the Shadow Cabinet, Luke Pollard MP said:

“I spoke with Keir Starmer today and am delighted to accept his offer to continue as Shadow Environment Secretary. I was proud to back Keir to be Labour Leader and I believe his calm, professional and constructive approach is precisely what Plymouth and the country needs at this time of national crisis.


The issues that DEFRA cover have been overlooked by Government for far too long and I pledge to raise food, farming and fishing further up the political agenda. When there are empty shelves in supermarkets, food poverty at its highest rate since the war and real concerns about whether crops can be picked the importance of constructive Opposition asking difficult questions is clear. I will continue to ask probing questions of Ministers and highlight where there are getting things wrong with the hope that better policy will be implemented because of that scrutiny. As a south west MP this role gives me the chance to talk about coastal and rural communities, our farmers and fishers and to carry on campaigning for urgent action on the climate emergency.


The priority is slowing the spread of the virus and for me, ensuring the right questions are asked to keep food on our shelves and people employed in fishing and farming. I’m delighted to serve in Keir’s broad and balanced shadow cabinet. I want to thank Keir and the people of Plymouth for continuing to put their trust in me.”

The rest of the Shadow Cabinet is shown below:

  • Keir Starmer, Leader of the Opposition
  • Angela Rayner, Deputy Leader and Chair of the Labour Party
  • Anneliese Dodds, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
  • Lisa Nandy, Shadow Foreign Secretary
  • Nick Thomas-Symonds, Shadow Home Secretary
  • Rachel Reeves, Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
  • Luke Pollard, Shadow Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary
  • David Lammy, Shadow Justice Secretary
  • John Healey, Shadow Defence Secretary
  • Ed Miliband, Shadow Business, Energy and Industrial Secretary
  • Emily Thornberry, Shadow International Trade Secretary
  • Jonathan Reynolds, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary
  • Jonathan Ashworth, Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
  • Rebecca Long-Bailey, Shadow Education Secretary
  • Jo Stevens, Shadow Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
  • Bridget Philipson, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
  • Steve Reed, Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary
  • Thangam Debbonaire, Shadow Housing Secretary
  • Jim McMahon, Shadow Transport Secretary
  • Preet Kaur Gill, Shadow International Development Secretary
  • Louise Haigh, Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary (interim)
  • Ian Murray, Shadow Scotland Secretary
  • Nia Griffith, Shadow Wales Secretary
  • Marsha de Cordova, Shadow Women and Equalities Secretary
  • Andy McDonald, Shadow Employment Rights and Protections Secretary
  • Rosena Allin-Khan, Shadow Minister for Mental Health
  • Cat Smith, Shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Engagement
  • Lord Falconer, Shadow Attorney General
  • Valerie Vaz, Shadow Leader of the House
  • Nick Brown, Opposition Chief Whip
  • Baroness Smith, Shadow Leader of the Lords
  • Lord McAvoy, Lords’ Opposition Chief Whip

Announcing the new Shadow Cabinet, Keir Starmer said:

“I’m proud to have appointed a Shadow Cabinet that showcases the breadth, depth and talents of the Labour Party.


“This is a new team that will be relentlessly focused on acting in the national interest to respond to the coronavirus pandemic and rebuilding Labour so that it can win the next election.”


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