Matt Pennycook
Matt Pennycook is now shadow housing and planning minister

Greenwich & Woolwich MP Matt Pennycook has been named shadow minister for housing in planning after Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer reshuffled his shadow cabinet.

He will work under Lisa Nandy, the new shadow communities secretary, after spending 18 months as the party’s spokesperson on climate change.

Pennycook said he was “delighted” to be taking up the new role.

The MP has spoken out for residents stuck in developments with dangerous cladding, taking Starmer to west Thamesmead in February to meet leaseholders in the Barratt-built Royal Artillery Quays development.

He has also spoken up for those lumbered in new developments with expensive district heating schemes.

In September, he said he was “incredulous” that Greenwich councillors had backed the 1,500-home Morden Wharf development, which is due to see blocks of 36, 30, 25 and 21 storeys built on the west side of the Greenwich Peninsula.

Pennycook has also spoken out against Labour mayor Sadiq Khan’s Silvertown Tunnel, which campaigners say is incompatible with London’s climate change commitments. He said he would “keep making the case for bold climate action”.

Abena Oppong-Asare, the Erith & Thamesmead MP, stays in the treasury team under shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves.

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