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Labour front bench sees appointment of west London MPs including Andy Slaughter and Rupa Huq

There are a number of new roles for west London MPs on Labour's front bench

Rupa Huq MP is now the shadow minister for home affairs

Ealing Central and Acton MP Rupa Huq has been appointed to Labour's shadow cabinet, along with a number of other MPs in west London.

She has been given the role of shadow minister for home affairs with the responsibility for crime prevention, including CCTV, DNA and drugs.

Dr Huq, whose team will be headed by new shadow home secretary Diane Abbott MP, said: "I am delighted to join the Labour front bench under Jeremy Corbyn and am looking forward to getting stuck in to my brief and taking the fight to the Tories.

"Despite my new role, my constituents can be rest assured that I will still continue to hold my weekly advice surgeries, respond to all correspondence and be visible within Ealing Central and Acton.

"I’ve known Diane since before I was an MP. She has always been a good friend of Ealing Labour and campaigned for us several times in the run-up to the [general] election."

Gareth Thomas MP

Harrow West MP Gareth Thomas has also been appointed the shadow minister for communities and local government.

Hammersmith MP Andy Slaughter was appointed shadow housing minister and shadow minister for London, despite quitting the front bench in June earlier this year.

And Brentford and Isleworth MP Ruth Cadbury was appointed shadow housing minister.

Mr Thomas said: "I am pleased to join Teresa Pearce, Kate Hollern and Jim McMahon in the Shadow Department for Communities and Local Government team with responsibility for local government.

"I’m keen to play my part in supporting Labour councillors defending vital local public services from yet more funding cuts, like the brilliant council here in Harrow.

"I’m also keen to begin to explore what a new Labour vision for local government might look like; one that recognises the move, in a very British way, towards a more federal United Kingdom, which champions England’s talents in our cities, boroughs and counties, but which also gives local people more power to shape their communities in the way they think best."

Andy Slaughter will be working with Sadiq Khan's office

Mr Slaughter said: "The roles of Shadow Minister for Housing and Shadow Minister for London are very important, and I am pleased to have been asked to undertake them.

"I will be dealing with a range of issues affecting Londoners while working closely with the mayor Sadiq Khan’s office, with a particular focus on housing.

"We are facing a national housing crisis at present, which affects many of my constituents, who struggle with issues of affordability and availability.

"These roles provide me with an opportunity to oppose the government and set out Labour’s policy in these two crucial areas."

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