Jarvis leaves library role, replaced by Goodman

Jarvis leaves library role, replaced by Goodman

Dan Jarvis MP has left his post as shadow libraries minister as the result of a Labour party reshuffle.

Jarvis' role will now be taken by Helen Goodman, who will have a wider brief within the shadow culture team. Goodman was previously parliamentary under secretary of state in the Department for Work and Pensions, with responsibility for child poverty and childcare.

Jarvis has moved to the justice department, taking on a role as a shadow youth justice and victims minister.

The Barnsley MP had been an outspoken critic of his opposite member Ed Vaizey, the current libraries minister, during his time in opposition. He has regularly pressed Vaizey on the number of library closures, and accused him of ignoring the views of campaigners. He has also suggested the need for a national body to oversee libraries, following a Labour Party policy report on the library service.