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Wednesday, 29 May, 2002, 15:05 GMT 16:05 UK
New ministerial faces for education
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Blairite David Miliband (right) replaces Stephen Timms
The School Standards Minister, Stephen Timms, has been replaced in the ministerial reshuffle.

Mr Timms - who had been in the job only since last June - has moved to the Department of Trade and Industry.

His replacement is David Miliband, formerly head of the prime minister's policy unit in 10 Downing Street.

The deputy leader of the Commons, Stephen Twigg, becomes a junior education minister.

Priority

Mr Miliband, 36, became the MP for South Shields in the general election last year - for which he wrote the Labour manifesto.

He comes straight into government as Number 2 in the department.

In a speech in Darlington last month, Mr Miliband said: "Education is my top priority because it allows children to develop their potential to the full - but we need lower and middle income children to be given the chances that their talents deserve."

David Miliband attended Haverstock School, a comprehensive in Camden, north London.

He graduated from Oxford - Corpus Christi College - with a first class degree in politics, philosophy and economics then took a masters in political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States.

Former student leader

Stephen Twigg, 35, is the man who defeated Michael Portillo to become MP for Enfield Southgate in 1997.

He attended Southgate comprehensive in Barnet, north London, then also studied politics, philosophy and economics, at Balliol College, Oxford.

Stephen Twigg
Stephen Twigg: Eastenders fan
He was president of the National Union of Students from 1990-92.

Mr Twigg comes in as John Healey, the adult skills minister, departs for the Treasury.

But the education department said it was too soon to say whether he would adopt the same portfolio.

Mr Healey had found himself in the uncomfortable position of having to explain the collapse of the Individual Learning Accounts scheme.

The general secretary of the biggest teaching union, Doug McAvoy of the NUT, said of the changes: "For teachers, it is policies not personalities that matter.

"But saddest of all would be any changes imposed by the prime minister which are designed to curtail Estelle Morris's commitment to making teacher workload her top priority."

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