Alliance welcomes Lucy Powell’s appointment as shadow education secretary

14th September 2015

Commenting on the appointment of Lucy Powell as shadow education secretary, Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Pre-school Learning Alliance, said:

“We warmly welcome Lucy’s appointment as shadow education secretary. As shadow childcare minister, she demonstrated a clear willingness to engage with the early years sector, and we hope that she will continue with this collaborative approach as she begins work on her broader education remit.

“With the Childcare Bill currently on its way through parliament, now is a critical time for honest and open discussions about the future of the early years sector. We at the Alliance look forward to working with representatives from across the political parties to ensure the development of child-focused, evidence-based, sustainable early years policy.”

For further information or to interview, Neil Leitch, Chief Executive of the Pre-school Learning Alliance please contact:
Shannon Hawthorne
Pre-school Learning Alliance
T: 020 7697 2503
E: Shannon Hawthorne


Notes for editors

  1. The Pre-school Learning Alliance is the largest voluntary sector provider of quality affordable childcare and education in England.
  2. Through direct provision and its membership of 14,000 nurseries, sessional pre-schools and parent and toddler groups, the Alliance supports over 800,000 children and their families in England. The Alliance also develops and runs family learning programmes, offers information and advice, runs acclaimed training and accreditation programmes and campaigns to influence early years policy and practice.
  3. For information about the Pre-school Learning Alliance, visit our website:

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