Mr Davies's Oldham Central and Royton seat disappeared through boundary changes at the general election. Ms Kennedy last month delivered her report into widening participation in further education with a call for more funding for FE.
Two influential figures behind Labour's further education policy have been given seats in the House of Lords as working peers in the Government's honours list. Bryan Davies, the party's former further and higher education spokesman, and Helena Kennedy QC will join film-maker Sir David Puttnam.
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