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Call in the experts

What Labour’s new ministerial team looks like for higher education and research

The new prime minister appointed his cabinet and ministers over the weekend and, contrary to pre-election carping, the appointments suggest he has a plan: experts. It appears Keir Starmer can’t have enough of them. For sectors like higher education and science, in the business of bestowing expertise, this must surely be a good thing.

First, he made no change to those shadowing senior cabinet roles. Bridget Phillipson will move from shadow education secretary to education secretary; Peter Kyle will do the same in science, like their counterparts in the Treasury and the Foreign and Home Offices. Catherine Haddon at the Institute for Government noted that the cabinet appointments have seen the greatest continuity between shadow posts and government roles of any recent election, with no major departmental reorganisations or changes of name either. The idea seems to be that they’ve developed expertise in those departments over the past few months––and received training from the IfG—so should be able to spring into action.

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