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Early years taskforce

The taskforce will be chaired by Liz Snape, deputy general secretary of Unison. She will work alongside Labour's shadow education team and childcare experts.

Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner said that she left school at 16, pregnant, with no qualifications. "Labour's Sure Start centres gave me and my friends, and our children, the help and support we needed to grow and develop. They changed the lives of three million children and their parents. The Tories have now closed more than 800 Sure Start centres, and more to come. Shutting the door in the faces of our children and their parents."

She wants the labour party to aim to provide care and support for every child to fulfil their potential, and to help parents back to work.