Prime Minister Theresa May has just announced that Justine Greening will be taking the position of Education Secretary as part of her cabinet reshuffle. Let’s take a closer look at her background as she takes on arguably one of the toughest jobs in Government.
Time in Parliament
Justine has been MP for Putney, Roehampton and Southfields since the 2005 general election. During her time in Government, she has held the positions of Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Secretary of State for Transport and Secretary of State for International Development.
She is the first Conservative MP to take the position of Education Secretary that has been educated at a comprehensive school having attended Oakwood High School in Rotherham.
Campaigned to Remain
Justine called for the UK to remain in the European Union throughout the referendum campaign. She had previously shared some frustrations regarding some aspects of the EU, however she believed that the UK’s special status within Europe was a deal worth having.
She is the first openly gay female Cabinet minister.
At London’s Pride day on 25 June, two days after the Brexit vote, she announced in a tweet she was in a same-sex relationship, saying “I campaigned for Stronger In but sometimes you’re better off out!”.
Worked in Finance
Prior to her political career, Justine worked in various financial management positions at companies including Price Waterhouse, GlaxoSmithKline and Centrica.
There will be interest in how this background shapes her policies, especially the implementation of the national funding formula for schools, announced by the previous education secretary.
“We urgently need greater investment in the education system,” said Malcolm Trobe, leader of the head teachers’ union.
Campaigned for Womens Rights
During her time as Secretary of State for International Development, Justine worked to end female genital mutilation and forced marriage as part of efforts to improve the lives of women and girls.
Time Will Tell
Her predecessor, Nicky Morgan, was in role for 731 days. The average is 836. If Greening stays in office for the average number of days she will leave on October 26, 2018.
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