Rutherglen MP Michael Shanks appointed as minister in Keir Starmer’s Labour government

-Credit: (Image: Michael Shanks)
-Credit: (Image: Michael Shanks)

Rutherglen's newly elected MP, Michael Shanks, been appointed as a minister in Keir Starmer’s Labour government.

The new appointment was authorised by King Charles yesterday in the wake of Labour's overwhelming victory in the General Election last week - in what turned out to be the worst result in Conservative history.

During which Michael Shanks won the Rutherglen constituency with a commanding majority of 8767 votes over the SNP's Katy Loudon.

In the latest appointments putting together Starmer's new government, Michael Shanks was appointed parliamentary under-secretary of state in the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero.

Michael’s ministerial responsibilities include the setting up of GB Energy – Labour’s commitment to delivering a publicly owned energy company headquartered in Scotland. He will be responsible for renewables, energy systems and networks, energy market reform, North Sea Transition, energy security and resilience.

Speaking after being appointed Michael Shanks said: “It is a huge privilege to be appointed by the Prime Minister to this crucial role.

“Making Britain a clean energy superpower was at the heart of our election campaign with the creation of Great British Energy, headquartered in Scotland.

“I am delighted to be part of the team that will deliver on this mission in government, investing in clean homegrown power, creating the skilled jobs of the future and bringing down bills for everyone”.

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