Shadow Secretary of State for International Development
I was promoted to the Shadow Cabinet in April 2020. In my previous role as Shadow Minister for International Development, I held specific responsibility for humanitarian policy and strategy; gender equality; refugees, migration and forced displacement; the UK’s future international development partnerships with the EU; civil society; and for children and youth.
My brief also had a geographic focus on Africa and Asia; including the current crises in Bangladesh and Myanmar; South Sudan; Central African Republic and Nigeria.
APPG on Mentoring
The Diana Award Campaign has successfully highlighted the amazing impact that mentoring can have on a young person.
It's empowering, potentially life changing and can be particularly significant for those young people who for other reasons have limited opportunities. I am a staunch supporter of increasing the numbers of mentors both in Birmingham Edgbaston and across the country. I currently lead the All Party Parliamentary Group on Mentoring in Parliament.