Ed Milliband has made Hackney South MP Meg Hillier new Shadow Energy Secretary. Mrs Hillier was first elected in 2005 and was previously the youngest ever Mayor of Islington.
Originally from Portsmouth and privately educated she had worked as a journalist before entering local politics. She has chaired the London Assembly’s Culture, Sport and Tourism committee and produced a report on the future of football in London. Her website says that transport is one of her key priorities – she has championed new buses coming to Hackney including the Shoreditch Hoppa and is heavily involved in promoting business and job opportunities which the Olympics will open up for Hackney.
She has no track record in energy apart from voting on the climate change bill in 2008. Previously she was a junior Home Office minister in the Labour Government. Mrs Hillier is married with children.