Manchester Central MP given the role after incumbent Thangam Debbonaire promoted

Labour leader Keir Starmer has appointed Manchester Central MP Lucy Powell as shadow housing secretary as part of a reshuffle of roles in the wake of last week’s local elections.

Lucy Powell, who has been Manchester Central MP since 2012, comes to the role from a year-long stint as shadow business secretary.


Her appointment comes after the previous shadow housing secretary, Bristol West MP Thangam Debbonaire, was promoted to be shadow leader of the House of Commons in the latest reshuffle.

Media attention has focused on the sacking of deputy leader Angela Rayner as Labour Party chair and national campaign co-ordinator, amid changes in a number of front bench roles.

However, shadow communities secretary Steve Reed and shadow business secretary Ed Miliband are both retaining their posts.

Lucy Powell has held a wide variety of shadow ministerial posts under three separate Labour leaders since her victory in a by-election in 2012. These have included roles as shadow education secretary under Jeremy Corbyn, shadow cabinet office minister, and shadow childcare and early years minister.

Powell said on Twitter: “Really pleased to become the Shadow Housing Secretary - some really big issues to tackle from cladding, housing crisis, private rented sector, homelessness and providing decent housing for all, to name a few.”