Labour appoints Kate Green as new shadow education secretary after sacking of Rebecca-Long Bailey

Kate Green pictured in 2015 addressing the Labour Women's Conference. - Heathcliff O'Malley
Kate Green pictured in 2015 addressing the Labour Women’s Conference. – Heathcliff O’Malley

Kate Green has been appointed the new shadow education secretary by Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer following the sacking of Rebecca Long-Bailey earlier in the week.

Long-Bailey was sacked on Thursday after sharing a link on social media to an interview which was alleged to have contained an antisemitic conspiracy theory.

Ms Green, 60, has been the MP for Stretford and Urmston since 2010, and was previously appointed shadow minister for child poverty strategy in April.

Sir Keir said: “I’m delighted to appoint Kate Green as shadow education secretary.

“Kate has spent a lifetime campaigning against child poverty and educational inequalities.

“I look forward to working with her in this new role.”

Kate Green MP said that it was a “privilege” to have been given the shadow cabinet role.

“The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact on children’s education,” she said.

“I look forward to working with teachers, unions, parents and councils to help ensure we get our children back in school as soon as possible.”

Sir Keir said earlier in the week that he “stands by” his decision to sack Ms Long-Bailey following criticism from the left of the Labour Party.

A spokesman for the Labour leader confirmed he had asked her to step aside, and stressed his commitment to “restoring trust with the Jewish community”.

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