My political work
Shortly after my election as your MP I was asked to serve as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). In that role I helped to steer legislation on the environment and agriculture through Parliament and hold the Government to account.
I was honoured in April 2020 to be asked by Labour’s new Shadow Chancellor, Anneliese Dodds MP, to serve as her Parliamentary Private Secretary. This role means that in addition to my other work in Parliament I will also be a member of Labour’s Shadow Treasury team, helping to develop our economic policies and determine our spending priorities and holding the Government to account. I will use this role to ensure that the concerns of local people, businesses and public services are heard at the very highest level of the Labour Party.
No one should face barriers to public life and I’ve been fighting to break down those barriers throughout my political career. I am very proud to be Chair of the Labour Women’s Network, which plays a key role in getting women elected into political office. I was previously appointed to the Race Equality Advisory Group to provide race equality policy ideas and I am the co-author of ‘Stand Up and Be Counted: Be a Councillor’, a publication encouraging and providing practical advice for women from diverse backgrounds to stand for council.
If you’re interested in getting involved in politics, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and I’ll provide any advice and support I can.
Through all of my work I am determined to work with local residents, community groups, businesses and public services to ensure that Erith and Thamesmead is put on the map and we get a fair deal for our community.
This website is my way of keeping you informed about what I am working on. I hope you find it useful.
I hope to see you at an event in the community soon.
Abena Oppong-Asare MP