Goodman out, Bryant in as shadow culture minister

Goodman out, Bryant in as shadow culture minister

Labour MP Helen Goodman [pictured] has been moved from her position as shadow culture minister after 14 months in the role, following a mini-reshuffle.

Chris Bryant will now take on the role, while Goodman will take on the shadow welfare reform brief, which Bryant has vacated.

The moves follow on from shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry's departure from her role last month, following a tweet about she sent during the Rochester and Strood by-election in Kent.

Bryant, a former Anglican priest, became MP for Rhondda in 2001. During the last Labour government he served as deputy leader of the House of Commons, and minister for Europe.

Goodman became shadow culture minister following the departure of Dan Jarvis in October 2013 after he had spent two years in the role. She was involved in a recent debate on libraries in parliament, where she suggested updating the 1964 Act on the basis that "is so brief that it lacks the teeth necessary for a proper library service."

Goodman was also a speaker at the Speak Up For Libraries conference last month. She told library campaigners she backed the re-establishment of a professional leadership body for libraries, and commented, on council cutbacks: "There is no point in giving local authorities a terrible financial settlement which means they are choosing between child safety and libraries – it's an intolerable situation."