Coventry MP appointed to shadow home office team

Taiwo Owatemi MP has been appointed to support Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds as his Parliamentary Private Secretary.

Taiwo Owatemi smiling

Following the appointment of Sir Keir Starmer as the new leader of the Labour Party, and his subsequent reorganisation of Labour’s Shadow Cabinet, the MP for Coventry North West, Taiwo Owatemi, has been appointed to support new Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds as his Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS).

The Coventry MP will be the Shadow Home Secretary’s link with backbench MPs to coordinate opposition backbench MPs in holding the government to account.

The MP will use her role to scrutinise and hold the government to account, especially on matters of police numbers and domestic security.

Ms Owatemi said: “This is an important opportunity to further hold the government to account, and especially on police numbers.

“While we confront the impact of coronavirus on our community, we are reminded that the main responsibility of government is to keep us all safe. I’m so grateful for our frontline police officers who are doing everything they can during this difficult time.

“In this role, I hope to highlight the importance of neighbourhood police officers and the vital role they play in keeping us safe here in Coventry.”

In a tweet announcing her appointment, Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds said he was “delighted” to welcome Ms Owatemi to Labour Party’s shadow home office team.

“Taiwo has already made a great impact as a newly-elected, campaigning MP, and I am really looking forward to working with her and the rest of the team”, said Mr Thomas-Symonds.

Simon Foster, the Labour candidate for West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, commented: “Congratulations to Tai on her appointment as PPS. I look forward to working with Tai to strengthen community policing, reduce violent crime, combat violence against women and girls and much more.

“We both share a commitment to hold the government to account so as to ensure justice, safety and security for the people of Coventry and the West Midlands.”

The news comes as Parliament reopens on Tuesday with a slimmed-down three-day sitting week due to the coronavirus pandemic.