Exclusive: Wes Streeting is new shadow schools minister

Labour MP for Ilford North is 'absolutely thrilled' about his new role, paying tribute to his 'great state education'

Amy Gibbons

Wes Streeting

Wes Streeting has been named the new shadow schools minister, confirming the news broken by Tes this afternoon.

The Labour MP for Ilford North has been shadow exchequer secretary to the Treasury.

He will now replace Margaret Greenwood, who resigned last night as part of a rebellion against Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer over the so-called "spy cops" law.

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Mr Streeting said he was "absolutely thrilled" about his new role. 

He is a former president of the National Union of Students and a former head of education for the LGBT charity Stonewall, who became an MP in 2015.

Until the 2019 general election, he was a member of the Treasury select committee.

After the election of Sir Keir as Labour leader, Mr Streeting was appointed shadow exchequer secretary to the Treasury.

Last night the Labour leader ordered his MPs to abstain on the third reading of the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill.

But 34 MPs decided to oppose the legislation, including Ms Greenwood, who subsequently tendered her resignation over the issue.

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Amy Gibbons

Amy Gibbons

Amy Gibbons is a reporter at Tes

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