Tracy Brabin has been named shadow culture secretary, taking over the role from Tom Watson, who stepped down before December’s general election.
Brabin had a career as an actor before becoming MP for Batley and Spen in 2016, following the murder of Jo Cox.
She previously held the role of shadow minister for early years.
On Twitter, the Labour and Co-operative MP said she was proud to have been offered the shadow culture secretary job by Jeremy Corbyn, adding: “Looking forward to working with DCMS stakeholders as well as holding government to account in the months ahead. I’ve always been open about my love for culture – so very proud!”
Brabin led a cross-party campaign for shared parental leave and pay for freelances, arguing that current legislation is forcing self-employed theatre and arts workers out of the industry when they have children.
The bill failed to progress beyond its second reading in parliament in 2018. However, campaigners have vowed to continue fighting for government backing.
Brabin also co-chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Theatre, which was launched last year, and is a vocal critic of the English Baccalaureate’s impact on arts education.
Brabin takes over as shadow culture secretary from former deputy leader Tom Watson, who had held the role since 2016.