Harman appointed shadow minister for culture
Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman has been appointed shadow minister for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, in opposition to current conservative minister Ed Vaizey.
Along with Harman, the cabinet reshuffle has also seen MP Tom Watson, a proponent of the UK game industry and tax relief, promoted to deputy party chair and campaign co-ordinator, while Chuka Umunna – who has been on Labour's benches for less than 18 months – has quickly risen to the position of shadow secretary of state for business, innovation and skills.
"Labour's Shadow Cabinet reshuffle is good for the video games industry," says TIGA CEO Richard Wilson. "Harriet Harman is a big hitter and immensely experienced. As Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport she will certainly hold the Government front bench team to account."
"The appointment of Tom Watson MP to the position of Labour Party Deputy Chair and Campaign Coordinator is excellent news and is very well deserved. Tom is an enthusiastic supporter of the video games industry and a strong advocate of Games Tax Relief and other measures to help the sector. It is great to have Tom in a position where he can champion the industry in senior political circles."
"The appointment of Chukka Umunna MP to the position of Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills is positive. He is a rising star in the Labour Party.
The reshuffle is the first in which Labour's party leader has had a completely free hand following a rule change which means that a ballot of the party's MPs is no longer used to select the shadow cabinet.
Ed Vaizey recently told us about his favourite game and playing in the Houses of Parliament.