NEWLY-appointed Shadow Cabinet minister Sarah Champion began her new role by attacking the Government for “failing time and time again” on addressing inequalities.
Rotherham MP Ms Champion, previously Shadow Minister for Preventing Abuse, was appointed Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Wednesday evening.
She said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have accepted the role of Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities in Labour’s Shadow Cabinet.
“I became an MP to make a difference. I’ve spent years fighting for women and equalities and this appointment is a great honour.
“Labour’s continuing work in this area is more vital now than ever before.
“Our country is becoming more divided and less equal — 85 per cent of all Tory cuts have been at the expense of women.
“One in four young gay people experience homophobic bullying online.
“There has been a rapid increase in rates of domestic violence and violence against women in the last six years.
“Disabled people are more than twice as likely to be unemployed as non-disabled people.
“This government talks the talk on equality but has failed time and time again to deliver. I intend to hold them to account on their empty promises.”