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Tulip Siddiq appointed as shadow early years minister

  • Published at 09:58 am January 15th, 2020
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Tulip Siddiq AFP

She has been serving as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Hampstead and Kilburn in the UK since 2015

British parliamentarian Tulip Siddiq has once again been appointed as shadow minister of early years from the opposition Labour Party.

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

She served as Labour’s shadow early years minister since July 2017 and was named shadow culture secretary last week.

“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,” Tulip told Nursery World. 

Angela Rayner, shadow secretary of state for education on Twitter said: “Absolutely delighted to announce that Tulip Siddiq 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.”

The shadow cabinet or shadow ministry is a feature of the Westminster system of government. It consists of a senior group of opposition spokespeople who, under the leadership of the leader of the opposition, form an alternative cabinet to that of the government, and whose members shadow or mirror the positions of each individual member of the cabinet. It is the shadow cabinet's responsibility to scrutinise the policies and actions of the government, as well as to offer alternative policies. The shadow cabinet makes up the majority of the official opposition frontbench. 

Tulip, daughter of Sheikh Rehana and niece of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has been serving as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Hampstead and Kilburn in the UK since 2015.

She became the first Bangali woman councillor in Camden Council in May 2010, first contested and won in the parliamentary polls in 2015.

Born in Mitcham, London in 1982, Tulip holds two Master’s degrees - one in English literature, and another in Politics, Policy and Government - from King’s College London.

She is also a former councillor in Regent’s Park and Cabinet Member for Culture and Communities in Camden Council, according to Wikipedia.