Tulip Siddiq is new shadow early years minister

Hampstead and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq has been named today as Labour’s new Shadow Early Years Minister.

Tulip (pictured right) chaired the All Party Parliamentary Group for Childcare and Early Education which NDNA sponsors. The group of MPs published its Steps to Sustainability report on the funding crisis in early years in July 2019.  

Purnima Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive of NDNA said: “We would like to congratulate Tulip Siddiq on her appointment the shadow early years brief. We have worked closely with Tulip as Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Childcare and Early Education where she has challenged the Government on the funding crisis in early years. 

“She is well aware of the challenges that nurseries and other childcare providers are currently facing and so we are confident she will raise these at the highest level in Parliament. The Government must be held to account at this critical time for early years when it is increasing minimum wages but not boosting funding rates to keep pace with these rising costs.

“For two and a half years her predecessor, Tracy Brabin MP has been proactive in bringing the issues facing the sector to parliament and sparking political debate on various topics including funding and recruitment. We wish her well in her new role as shadow culture secretary.”

Shadow Early Years Secretary Tracy Brabin, Labour MP for Batley and Spen, was appointed the new Shadow Culture Secretary earlier this year. Tracy was in the role since July 2018 and spoke at NDNA’s conference in June 2017 in Coventry.