Norwich MP elevated to Labour front bench climate change role after five months in Westminster

Jeremy Corbyn and Clive Lewis at the Burston School Strike Rally 2015. Photo: Stuart Goodman

Jeremy Corbyn and Clive Lewis at the Burston School Strike Rally 2015. Photo: Stuart Goodman - Credit: Archant

Clive Lewis will join Labour's front bench as an energy and climate change shadow minister.

The Norwich MP, who was a key part of new Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's campaign team, has been rewarded with the senior post.

He was tipped for a more senior shadow cabinet post in the wake of the left-winger's overwhelming victory, but said at the weekend it would have been arrogant to think he could do a shadow cabinet job to the standard required after such a short time.

In his new role he will be in charge of holding the Government to account over its policy on electricity and gas markets, new energy infrastructure, energy security, oil and gas policy, including shale gas,

His brief also includes responsibility for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Geological Disposal Facility, new nuclear, carbon capture and storage (CCS) and renewables, nuclear safety and regulation, along with international energy.

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He said: 'It is a great honour to be given this responsibility so early in my parliamentary career.

'Meeting our energy needs in a secure and sustainable way is vital for the environment and in our battle to combat climate change. It is also a huge opportunity for jobs and growth in Norwich and the surrounding area. We have the expertise to be a centre of excellence in the field, we just need the political will to make it happen, something that has been sadly lacking form the Tories.

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'The Tories once promised they would be the greenest Government ever, but their actions paint a very different picture. Over the next few months and years, I will put tackling climate change at the heart of my new role.'

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