Energy role swap for Labour
UPDATE: Industry welcomes 'young and ambitious' Lisa Nandy
Wigan MP Lisa Nandy has been named as the Shadow Secretary of State for Energy in a move greatly welcomed by the renewables industry.
Former energy spokeswoman Caroline Flint became the latest high profile figure from the right of the Labour Party to rule out serving in Corbyn's shadow cabinet, stepping down from the position.
Nandy, who has served as Wigan MP since 2010, will take on the role with immediate effect - with industry leaders now voicing their hopes that the "young and ambitious" woman will become a strong voice of opposition against Secretary of State Amber Rudd's "woeful" plans.
Urban Wind CEO Paul McCullagh said: “We welcome the appointment of Lisa Nandy as a young and ambitious minister to the role of shadow energy secretary. We hope she can deliver the vigour and drive to push forward Jeremy Corbyn’s ambitious renewable energy policies, and to hold the government to account for its woeful failure to support the renewable energy sector.
“Amber Rudd has repeatedly failed to demonstrate any kind of green credentials, despite her talk of being dedicated to reducing the UK’s carbon emissions ahead of the UN Climate Conference in Paris later this year.
“The government have completely ignored the opinions of the general public by reducing support for renewable energy and attempting to drive forward fracking despite widespread, vocal opposition. Hopefully a strong voice in opposition can emerge to argue for the renewable energy solutions that the public are so obviously in favour of.”
Former Labour shadow minister for energy Caroline Flint stepped down, writing on her website: "After careful consideration, I have decided I can best support the Labour Party and the leadership from outside the shadow cabinet".
Nandy, 36, takes on the role after two years of serving as the shadow Cabinet Office Minister for Civil Society with responsibility for charities, youth policy, public service reform and lobbying.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said on the appointment: "We have delivered a unifying, dynamic, inclusive new Shadow Cabinet which for the first time ever has a majority of women."
Image: MP Lisa Nandy (Labour)