David Lammy MP promoted to Privy Council and new role as Minister of State for Higher Education and Intellectual Property.

Monday, 06 October 2008

Over the weekend Prime Minister Gordon Brown asked David Lammy to become the new Minster of State for Higher Education and Intellectual Property as well as to become a member of the Privy Council.

This promotion within the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills; continues David Lammy’s role in creating the best possible educational outcomes for our young people and in training a highly skilled workforce for Britain - in an increasingly globalised world.

Following his new appointment David Lammy said:

“I’m really excited by the new opportunities this promotion will provide. Expanding opportunities in Higher Education has been a passion of mine for many years, and having an opportunity to shape these policies in Government is a challenge I now relish.”

“I know that we still have a lot more to do if we are to ensure more young people from the inner-city, and places like Tottenham, continue in post-18 education - winning places at our very best universities. But I am committed to ensuring we succeed.

“Only by cracking these challenges will we be able to guarantee that all our young people have not only the best start in life, but also have real higher educational opportunities and routes out of deprivation. Unlocking this vast pool of untapped talent is also essential if we are to remain competitive internationally.”

After a very exciting year as Minister for Skills - championing apprenticeships, work place learning, adult skills, Union Learn and offender learning David leaves behind a legacy – where skills are now seen as at the heart of Government and key engine for personal development and national renewal.

David added:

“The Skills brief over the past year has given me the opportunity to see and influence some of the very best joint working between Government, business and the voluntary sector.

“From the factory floor to our local colleges I have been privileged to meet people young and old who have been able to unlock their potential because of our policies. I know the skills agenda can only go from strength to strength in the coming years.”

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