This week David Hanson, MP for Delyn, stood down from the Labour Frontbenches after more than 17 years’ service. Mr. Hanson has played a variety of different roles on the Frontbench ranging from Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, Minister of State for Northern Ireland, Shadow Exchequer Secretary, Home Office and Justice Minister and as a Minister in the Wales and the Whips Office.
Mr. Hanson has left the Frontbench following an invitation to support the Speaker of the House of Commons as a member of the Panel of Chairs. This role will see Mr. Hanson chairing sessions of MPs during Bill committees, part of the process of making law, and debates in Westminster Hall, the alternative Commons chamber.
Mr. Hanson said:
“I was honoured to be approved by Mr. Speaker to fulfill this duty and serve the greatest Parliament in the world. This role will bring new challenges which I am eagerly looking forward to. I hope my experience as a minister will help in this role.
“It has been a real honour to work on the Frontbenches of the Labour Party both in government and opposition. I’m grateful for the support the new Labour leadership has shown. Both in my new role on the Panel of Chairs and in previously appointing me to the Shadow Frontbench team as Foreign and Commonwealth Minister.
“Rest assured this new role will not mean that I will end being a passionate campaigner for my constituents in Delyn and the Labour Party. I will continue to fight hard for the people of Flintshire.