Tulip Siddiq replaces Tracy Brabin as shadow early years minister
By Rachel Lawler
Tulip Siddiq has been appointed shadow early years minister, replacing Tracy Brabin who was promoted to the role of shadow culture secretary earlier this month.
Siddiq previously served as shadow early years minister from October 2016 to January 2017. She quit the shadow cabinet in 2017 so that she could vote against triggering Article 50 and has since been appointed chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Childcare and Early Education.
Tracy Brabin replaced Siddiq in July 2017, remaining in the position until last week when she was promoted to the shadow culture secretary role, replacing the outgoing deputy Labour Party leader Tom Watson.
Angela Rayner, shadow education secretary, tweeted: “Absolutely delighted to announce that @TulipSiddiq has been appointed shadow early years minister and will be joining our shadow education team. I have worked with Tulip before and she will be tremendous addition to our shadow front bench team scrutinising the government.”
Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Alliance, said: “We’re very pleased to see Tulip Siddiq return to the role of Shadow Early Years Minister. During her time as chair of the APPG for Childcare and Early Education she was a passionate and dedicated advocate for funding levels that cover the true cost of delivering quality childcare who understood the challenges the sector faces.
“The coming months are an especially vital time for the sector with the end of the funding freeze, the Budget and a probably Spending Review giving the government ample opportunity to reset the debate when it comes to the sector’s ongoing sustainability. We look forward to working with Tulip to ensure these chances are not wasted.”