I’m thrilled to bits at my new appointment as Shadow Minister for Culture, Media and Sport. The focus will be on the culture part of the brief, which makes the role a great fit with my personal and professional background, and the vibrant cultural life of my city.

As a former professional cellist I’m proud to be able to make this contribution to our national cultural life. The Labour Party has a great track record of supporting the arts and I will do everything I can to continue that tradition.

I’ve just started a four-week course of radiotherapy – the last part of my treatment for breast cancer – and will be making a phased return to Parliament over the following weeks. I’m very grateful for the support of the Labour Party leadership and my constituency team in being able to do so.

Thank you everyone for the lovely tweets and messages of support.

— Thangam Debbonaire

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