Angela Rayner stays as shadow education secretary in Labour reshuffle

Angela Rayner stays as shadow education secretary in Labour reshuffle

Angela Rayner will stay on as shadow education secretary, it has been announced this evening.

Rayner tweeted that she is “extremely happy” to remain in the role, which she has held since July last year.

Her appointment followed mass-resignations of shadow ministers in protest of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, but despite her early promotion, Rayner has become a key member of Corbyn’s top team, and featured prominently in the election campaign.

She tweeted: “Our team will continue to provide an alternative vision for education.”

The former care worker and union representative retained her seat of for Ashton-under-Lyne in Greater Manchester last week.

Labour is yet to confirm the junior positions for the shadow education team, but Schools Week understands it will remain largely unchanged.