Hornsey and Wood Green MP celebrates appointment to Labour frontbench

Catherine West is the MP for Hornsey and Wood Green

Catherine West is the MP for Hornsey and Wood Green - Credit: Nigel Sutton

Hornsey and Wood Green’s Labour MP has spoken of her delight after being appointed to Jeremy Corbyn’s frontbench as a shadow foreign minister.

Catherine West said: “It’s a huge privilege and I’m really excited.”

She spoke of the many challenges ahead, including the Syrian refugee crisis and the rise of Isis.

The MP is determined to make a strong case for staying in Europe in the upcoming referendum.

Ms West, who was elected for the first time in May, was one of the MPs to nominate Jeremy Corbyn for the Labour leadership.

She has known the head of the Labour party for years, having worked with him when she was head of Islington Council.

As one of his first acts after being appointed leader, Mr Corbyn joined Ms West on a solidarity march for refugees in central London last week.