St Helens MP Marie Rimmer has been appointed shadow minister for disabled people.
Commenting on the appointment, Debbie Abrahams MP, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, said: “I am delighted that Marie will be joining the team as our Shadow Minister for Disabled People.
“Time and again, Marie has spoken up in Parliament for disabled and vulnerable people and she will be a real asset to our team.
“I look forward to working with her to oppose the Government’s cruel cuts to disabled people and co-develop with disabled people our policy programme through Labour’s Disability Equality Roadshow.”
Ms Rimmer said: “This Tory Government has consistently neglected the needs of disabled people and has set back the good work the last Labour Government did helping millions of disabled people to live as independent lives as possible.
“The Government’s new flawed PIP assessment process is seeing thousands of people lose their social security support, with many having Motability cars removed before their appeals, forcing many disabled people out of work.
“As a disabled woman myself I have a direct understanding of how Government can work to allow every individual to live as full a life as possible.”
Ms Rimmer used to be a Trade Union shop steward at Pilkington Glass, helping to establish unionise the local workforce ASTMS (Association of Scientific, Technical and Managerial Staffs), now part of Unite.