Grimsby MP Melanie Onn given shadow minister job by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
Melanie Onn has accepted a job on Labour's front bench
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 4 Jul 2017
Grimsby MP Melanie Onn has made a return to Labour’s front bench after accepting a job as Shadow Housing Minister.
Ms Onn was formerly shadow deputy leader of the House of Commons but was one of nearly 80 of Labour’s front bench to resign in the wake of the EU referendum result last summer.
Along with 172 fellow MPs, she helped to pass a no confidence motion in the leader, triggering a leadership bout in which she backed rival, and loser, Owen Smith to take the top job.
Ms Onn, however, is one of many on the opposition benches to put the infighting behind them after the shock general election result, in which some believed the party was on course to suffer dramatic losses but instead saw Labour take 30 extra seats.
Having previously served on the Communities and Local Government Committee, which looks into housing issues, Ms Onn has now taken a job in the shadow housing team.
JOBS: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn made 20 appointments to his front bench this week.
Ms Onn said she would be focusing on highlighting the areas where the Government was "getting it wrong", especially in the light of the Grenfell tower fire tragedy.
She promised to expose the issue of homelessness and to fight for more investment in social housing.
“Housing is an issue which comes up again and again when I speak to people in Great Grimsby, whether it’s about empty properties, poor quality buildings, rip off letting fees for those renting privately, or the Tory Government’s cuts to social housing forcing sheltered accommodation to close," said the newly appointed shadow minister.
"I will be making sure Conservative ministers are aware of the consequences their actions on having on people in our town.”
The former regional union organiser was one of 20 new appointments to the front bench.
Mr Corbyn said the appointments were “further evidence” that Labour was “not just the opposition but a “government in waiting.”
“I’m delighted to be filling Labour’s shadow front bench with a wealth of talent,” said the party leader.
“Our new shadow ministers will bolster the excellent work of Labour’s shadow cabinet and departmental teams.”
Across the Humber estuary, Hull East MP Karl Turner – another former vocal critic of the leadership – has taken a job as a shadow transport minister.
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