The Manchester MP joins newly elected Jeremy Corbyn's Labour cabinet
Lucy Powell was announced as Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for Education on 14 September 2015, following the confirmation of Jeremy Corbyn as the new leader of the Labour Party.
She is the Labour MP for Manchester Central and formerly Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office. Elected in a by-election on November 15 2012, she was the first female Labour MP to represent a Manchester constituency.
Lucy Powell said:
'I'm delighted to be given the education job as it's an area I'm passionate about. My kids are at local secondary, primary and nursery schools so it's a personal passion as well as a political one. There's a lot of change in education at the moment and I relish the chance to hold the government to account on its poor policies and bad ideas.
'I will be leading the development of Labour's education policy. Jeremy and I agree on our commitment to excellence in state education, raising aspirations for all children and to an accountable, managed system which has local oversight. The areas of childcare, children's social care and child protection are really important too and ones where I will bring energy and ideas'.
Lucy Powell was born and brought up in Manchester, where she attended Parrs Wood High School and Xaverian Sixth Form College, before going onto study Chemistry at Oxford University and King’s College London. She lives in the city.
Before becoming an MP, Powell led a major investment project in Manchester forNESTA, the UK's innovation agency, working with local businesses and other partners to support start-ups and creative companies. This investment programme brought over £10m to the city between 2007-2010.