Jo Stevens takes shadow culture role
Jo Stevens, the MP for Cardiff Central, is taking the culture portfolio in Keir Starmer’s shadow cabinet, succeeding Tracy Brabin who had the role from January this year.
Stevens, 53, the former shadow Welsh secretary, served on the culture select committee from 2016 until he appointment yesterday, and last week when she published a paper on how the creative industries could “build bridges for the future”, and supports the campaign led by Brabin for better government support for freelance and self-employed – 30% of the arts workforce – during the lockdown. She is a keen sports fan, supporting Glamorgan in the county cricket championship and Cardiff City FC.
Like Starmer, she is a former lawyer who specialised in human right issues. She resigned from Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet in 2017 over the decision to vote for Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union,
“Digital, culture and creative industries, media, sport, tourism, charities and civil society play a huge role in Cardiff Central in our community’s economy, jobs, livelihoods, universities, capital city status and global reputation” Stevens said on accepting the job. “We’re immersed in them and proud of them.”