Tulip Siddiq appointed shadow early years minister


The MP for Hampstead and Kilburn replaces Tracy Brabin, MP for Batley and Spen, who had served as Labour’s shadow early years minister since July 2017 and was named shadow culture secretary last week.

Tulip Siddiq: ‘There has never been a more vital time to be holding the Government to account on its continued underfunding and undervaluing of early years providers'
Tulip Siddiq: ‘There has never been a more vital time to be holding the Government to account on its continued underfunding and undervaluing of early years providers'

Ms Siddiq will return to the shadow education team after quitting the early years role in January 2017 over Article 50.

Before her election in 2015, Ms Siddiq was a local councillor and cabinet member at Camden Council, with responsibility for community centres.

She served as chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Childcare and Early Education from its launch in September 2017 until December 2019.

Ms Siddiq said, ‘I’m delighted to be appointed the shadow minister for early years as part of Angela Rayner’s shadow education team. Early years education is a crucial part of a child’s development, with many from disadvantaged backgrounds falling behind before they even start school. I hope to work with my Labour colleagues to make sure this doesn’t happen.

‘There has never been a more vital time to be holding the Government to account on its continued underfunding and undervaluing of early years providers. I want to hit the ground running, and with the Budget coming up, I will be putting pressure on the Chancellor to give the sector much needed help, whether that be with more core funding, changes to VAT or a reduction in business rates.’

Purnima Tanuku, chief executive of NDNA, said, ‘We would like to congratulate Tulip Siddiq on her appointment the shadow early years brief. We have worked closely with Tulip as chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Childcare and Early Education where she has challenged the Government on the funding crisis in early years.

‘She is well aware of the challenges that nurseries and other childcare providers are currently facing and so we are confident she will raise these at the highest level in Parliament. The Government must be held to account at this critical time for early years when it is increasing minimum wages but not boosting funding rates to keep pace with these rising costs.’

Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Early Years 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.’

On Twitter, PACEY said, 'A warm congratulations to @TulipSiddiq who has been appointed the new shadow early years minister replacing @TracyBrabin. Good luck in your new role and we look forward to working with you.'

Shadow education secretary and Labour deputy leadership candidate Angela Rayner (@AngelaRayner), said, ‘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 a tremendous addition to our shadow front bench team scrutinising the Government.’

 

 

 

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