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Tulip Siddiq reappointed shadow early years minister

By Rachel Lawler Tulip Siddiq

Tulip Siddiq has been reappointed shadow minister for the early years, as part of a reshuffle following the election of new Labour leader Kier Starmer.

Siddiq previously served in the position following Tracy Brabin's promotion to shadow culture secretary and previously served in the same role between 2016 and 2017.

Siddiq has also previously served as chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Childcare and Early Education.

Elsewhere in the shadow cabinet, Angela Rayner, who was elected deputy leader of the Labour Party, was appointed shadow first secretary of state, leaving her role as shadow education secretary.

Previous leadership candidate Rebecca Long-Bailey has replaced Rayner as shadow education secretary.

Elsewhere, Anneliese Dodds replaced John McDonnell as shadow chancellor and Ed Milliband was appointed shadow business, energy and industrial secretary.

Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Alliance, commented: “We warmly welcome Tulip’s reappointment as shadow children and early years minister. In this role, and in her previous position as chair of the APPG for childcare and early education, she has demonstrated a clear willingness to engage with the early years sector, and an understanding of the key concerns of childcare providers.

"With the sector currently facing huge challenges in light of the coronavirus outbreak, now more than ever we need a strong opposition to hold the government to account. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Tulip to ensure that providers get the support they need to get through this difficult period and beyond." 

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