Bridget Phillipson appointed shadow secretary for education
Bridget Phillipson has been appointed as the new shadow secretary for education, following the reshuffle of Labor leader Keir Starmer.
The MP for Houghton and Sunderland South has been promoted from her previous post of shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, which she has held since 2020.
She was first elected MP for the constituency in the 2010 general election.
On Twitter, Phillipson said: “Delighted to take on the role of shadow education secretary under @Keir_Starmer. I had a great education in my local public schools – and every child deserves it. The last Labor government transformed the lives of a generation. I will work every day to see this change again.
She also paid tribute to outgoing Shadow Secretary of Education Kate Green and her team.
“Kate has shown how ambitious we can be for the future of our children. The Conservatives don’t even have a plan to help them catch up with the pandemic, she said.
Born in Washington, Sunderland, Phillipson attended local schools and joined the Labor Party at the age of 15.
She read modern history at Hertford College, Oxford, where she was also co-president of the University Labor Club, and returned to the North East after graduating.
Before becoming an MP, she ran a shelter for women and children fleeing domestic violence.
She is married with two young children.
Commenting on the appointment, Neil Leitch, CEO of the Early Years Alliance, said: “We warmly welcome the appointment of Bridget Phillipson as Shadow Secretary for Education.
“Now more than ever, the sector needs an effective opposition to review and, if possible, help shape government policy, and so we hope it will be a strong advocate for the first few years, along with the rest of the world. education sector at this difficult time. ‘