In Labour’s reshuffle on Monday a new Shadow Transport Secretary was appointed.
Louise Haigh, MP for Sheffield Heeley, took up the post which had been held by Jim McMahon since Keir Starmer first became Labour leader in April 2020.
Congratulating Louise on her appointment, TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes said: “Our union warmly welcomes Louise Haigh to the post of Shadow Transport Secretary. She takes up the post at a challenging time for our industry as we face further service reductions and cuts to staffing across both rail and transport services. We’re looking forward to working with Louise and the rest of the Labour transport team to hold the government to account and push for fair funding for our transport services.”
Tweeting her reaction to the reshuffle on Monday evening, Louise Haigh wrote: “I’m looking forward to doing politics with Grant Shapps” - the Transport Secretary who Louise will face across the despatch box in future transport question sessions.
In terms of taking on the transport brief for Labour, Louise said: "I'm now looking forward to getting stuck into the Tories on behalf of communities who have been sold out by their transport betrayal and developing Labour’s vision to deliver for the whole of the country."
TSSA is affiliated to the Labour Party and has a long and proud history of working to promote progressive transport policies within the Party, including a policy of public ownership of rail which has been in recent Labour manifestos.
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