Great Grimsby MP Melanie Onn has been elected to chair the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Fisheries.
The Labour MP was elected by fellow MPs who sit on the group, and said that her new role would give her more influence and a better chance to fight for Grimsby’s seafood industry.
She said: “I’m delighted to be elected to this position.
“Thousands of people in Great Grimsby work in the seafood sector, and I will now have a bigger platform from which to pressure the government into providing greater support for the industry.
“I said during the election campaign that I would fight for the best Brexit deal for Great Grimsby, which means holding the government to the promises made to the fishing industry during the referendum, and protecting the seafood sector’s ability to trade with Europe.
“My new role will give me more opportunities to question the Ministers responsible for these areas, and to make sure they know how their actions will affect the livelihoods of workers in Grimsby.”
The cross-party group of MPs regularly meets to take evidence from key players in the seafood industry and experts, and also has the chance to grill government ministers on their policies towards fisheries.