Labour MP takes up new role in Parliament

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THE city’s newest MP has been given a new parliament position as the eyes and ears for one of Labour’s top team.

Stephen Morgan, Portsmouth South MP, was confirmed last night as Andrew Gwynne’s new parliamentary private secretary (PPS).

Mr Gwynne sits on Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet as shadow secretary of state for communities and local government.

The unpaid role is seen as useful for a new MP as they gain experience at Westminster, acting as the eyes and ears of a minister.

Speaking about his new role, Mr Morgan said: ‘The Tories have let down councils across our nation. Labour will reform the way local government is funded to ensure councils have a more sustainable future and that communities benefit.

‘In Portsmouth, our great city has had to deal with a bad deal from government and our council and our communities have suffered as a result.

‘I look forward to working with Andrew and his team in this new role.’