A YORKSHIRE MP has been given a new shadow cabinet post of peace and disarmament minister by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, writes Peter Lazenby.
Fabian Hamilton, who has been the MP for Leeds North East since 1997, was confirmed in the role at the weekend.
Mr Hamilton said: “The role is unusual because no such post exists in government, but the Labour leader has made peace and disarmament his major international priorities — and I also share his belief that these are important aims, especially given what is happening in so many parts of the world today.”
The newly appointed minister said that one of his main roles will be to participate in UN multilateral disarmament meetings in New York.
“At present, the UK Conservative government does not attend these meetings and I believe that the Labour opposition can fill that vacuum, with the help of our Foreign Office officials,” he added.