Labour adds to team in the North East

Roberta Blackman Woods MPThe Labour Party have today announced that City of Durham MP, Roberta Blackman-Woods has been appointed as Assistant to the Minister for the North East.

The appointment is part of changes to the government which has seen Minister for the North East, Nick Brown MP promoted to the Cabinet role of Government Chief Whip. Mr Brown will continue to hold his position as Regional Minister.

Roberta Blackman-Woods MP  has been asked by the Prime Minister to assist the Regional Minister with the co-ordiantion of campaigns in the region, with a special emphasis on economic issues.

Roberta said,

“The Prime Minister’s main focus is on tackling the economic situation the country faces, and of course, each region has its own challenges and opportunities within that.  I am delighted to have been asked to help the Prime Minister, the regional Minister, Nick Brown, and the whole Ministerial team in helping to co-ordinate our economic and business policies for the North East.

“I am looking forward to working to promote North East business and the region’s economic development.  I have been heavily involved in regional issues since being elected in 2005 and I believe strongly in the ability of our region to excel and flourish under a Labour Government.  I will be spending a lot of my time speaking up for the North East, and of course, for County Durham and the City of Durham specifically, in London and around the country.  I am hugely eager to be doing that.”

Government Chief Whip and Minister for the North East, Nick Brown MP, said:

"Roberta's energy, enthusiasm and detailed knowledge of the region are going to be a big asset.  I am really pleased with the Prime Minister's decision.”