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Social worker named as shadow children’s minister

A former child protection social worker has become the shadow minister for children and families, the Labour Party has announced.

Leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn announced the appointment of 21 MPs to the Labour frontbench and confirmed that Emma Lewell-Buck MP has been appointed as the shadow minister for children and families.

Lewell-Buck studied politics and media studies at Northumbria University before gaining a Master’s degree in social work from Durham University. She worked as a social worker at South Tyneside Council from 2007, before leaving her job after winning the safe Labour seat of South Shields with a reduced majority at a 2013 by-election following David Miliband’s decision to leave the House of Commons.

The shadow minister for children and families position has until now been unfilled since the resignation of Sharon Hodgson following concerns about Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the party. Lewell-Buck will shadow Edward Timpson.

Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, said: “I am pleased to announce the appointment of twenty-one MPs to our frontbench, fourteen of whom are women and four of whom are from the black and minority ethnic community.”

“I welcome back the ten who have returned, and look forward to working with the eight talented MPs joining the frontbench for the first time.”

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