Peter Kyle appointed as shadow schools minister

Peter Kyle shadow schools minister

Peter Kyle has been appointed as the new shadow schools minister, Labour has announced.

Kyle has been MP for Hove since 2015, and has served as shadow minister for victims and youth justice since last year.

He replaces Wes Streeting, who was promoted over the weekend to a new shadow cabinet-level role covering child poverty.

A former special adviser to the Cabinet Office during Labour’s last spell in government, Kyle is also a former CEO of the Working for Youth charity and a former deputy chief executive at ACEVO, the organisation representing charity CEOs.

He was chair of trustees at Brighton Aldridge Community Academy from 2011 until 2017.

Streeting was appointed to the new role of shadow child poverty secretary over the weekend as part of a mini reshuffle of the Labour frontbench following last week’s election results.

Kyle is the fourth person to hold the shadow schools minister role in just over a year.

Mike Kane, who held the role from 2016 under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the party, was moved to a transport role when Starmer took over last April. Margaret Greenwood then held the role until October, when she resigned to vote against the so-called “spycops” bill.

Shadow education secretary Kate Green, shadow children’s minister Tulip Siddiq, shadow universities minister Matt Western and shadow skills minister Toby Perkins remain in post.

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