Today (Monday 6 April), the new Labour Party leader Sir Kier Starmer revealed his Shadow Cabinet. Rebecca Long-Bailey MP for Salford and Eccles has been appointed as Shadow Education Secretary. Responding to the news, Chief Executive David Hughes said:
“Congratulations to Rebecca Long-Bailey in her new role as shadow Education Secretary. I am looking forward to working with her to support young people and adults to access the learning and training they need in colleges. I know that she recognises the unique role that colleges play in their communities and in the labour market. Education is central to tackling the huge issues of the day, from the NHS, reducing poverty to creating a sustainable and green future, colleges stand ready to work together to transform lives for the better.
The current crisis has brought the best out of colleges which are doing so much to support their students and their communities, but they now need the long term investment which will help them thrive. Thriving colleges are needed for the future more than ever before to support the people, businesses and communities which will have been damaged during this crisis. They are also vital players in the wider education system which I know the Labour party wants to develop.”
You can see details of all the appointments to the new shadow cabinet here.