LABOUR LEADER Ed Miliband has appointed Seema Malhotra to be the party’s first shadow minister tasked with tackling violence against women and girls.
Ms Malhotra’s role will also involve working on Labour’s Women’s Safety Commission, which will draw up new laws to be implemented if Mr Miliband wins the next election.
The Feltham and Heston MP said there was a “shocking” level of violence against women both in Britain and abroad, and too little was being done to help victims. She said: “I feel very proud to have been appointed as the Labour Party’s first-ever shadow minister for preventing violence against women and girls.
“It is significant that Labour has made this issue such a priority and I look forward to working with colleagues to try and make a real difference to women who have experienced huge trauma in their lives.”
As part of Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper’s front-bench team, she will work on issues including sexual violence, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, trafficking and prostitution.