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Will Quince replaces Vicky Ford as children and families minister

By Rachel LawlerWill Qunice MP early years minister children and families education

Will Quince has replaced Vicky Ford as children and families minister at the Department for Education.

Writing on Twitter, Quince commented: "I am delighted to have been appointed as a minister at [the Department for Education]. I am thoroughly looking forward to working with Nadhim Zahawi and the team to improve the life chances of children and young people."

Vicky Ford has joined the Foreign Office as parliamentary under secretary of state.

Quince was elected MP for Colchester in 2015 and has previously served as parliamentary under secretary of state at the Department for Work and Pensions.

Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Alliance, commented: “We welcome Will Quince to his new position as children and families minister and congratulate him on his new role.  

“There is no doubt that Mr Quince takes up this position at a particularly difficult time for the early years sector, with the ongoing funding crisis, sustained recruitment and retention challenges, and of course, the continued impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.   

“With the Spending Review just weeks away, it's evident that the Department for Education must do much more to make a clear, convincing argument to the Treasury about the need for greater investment into the early years - and as children and families minister, it is now the responsibility of Mr Quince to lead on this work.

“As such, we look forward to working closely with him to ensure that the views, needs and concerns of providers are represented at the highest level, and that our sector finally gets the respect, recognition and support it both needs and deserves.” 

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