Minister for Children (United Kingdom)

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The Minister of State for Children, Young People and Families is a Minister of State in the Department for Education, previously the Department for Children, Schools and Families and Department for Education and Skills, in the Government of the United Kingdom.[1]


Margaret Hodge was the first person to hold the position after it was announced in 2003. Maria Eagle was the Minister from 2005 to 2006 taking Hodge's place, and Beverley Hughes held the position from 2006 until June 2009,[2] when Dawn Primarolo took over until Labour lost office in May 2010.

List of Ministers[edit]

Colour key (for political parties):
  Labour   Liberal Democrats   Conservative

Name Portrait Term of office Political party P.M. Ed.Sec.
Margaret Hodge Margaret Hodge.jpg 13 June 2003 9 May 2005 Labour Blair Clarke
Maria Eagle Maria Eagle 2.jpg 9 May 2005 5 May 2006 Labour
Beverley Hughes Beverley Hughes 3.jpg 5 May 2006 5 June 2009 Labour Johnson
Brown Balls
(CSF Sec.)
Dawn Primarolo Dawn Primarolo.jpg 5 June 2009 11 May 2010 Labour
Tim Loughton Official portrait of Tim Loughton crop 2.jpg 13 May 2010 4 September 2012 Conservative Cameron Gove
Edward Timpson[3] Edward Timpson Minister.jpg 4 September 2012 8 June 2017 Conservative
May Greening
Robert Goodwill Official portrait of Mr Robert Goodwill crop 2.jpg 12 June 2017 9 January 2018 Conservative
Nadhim Zahawi Official portrait of Nadhim Zahawi crop 2.jpg 9 January 2018 25 July 2019 Conservative Hinds
Kemi Badenoch Official portrait of Mrs Kemi Badenoch crop 2.jpg 27 July 2019 Incumbent Conservative Johnson Williamson


  1. ^ About Us: Who's Who
  2. ^ Lewin, Tamar. The Need to Invest in Young Children . New York Times. Accessed 30 December 2008.
  3. ^ Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Until 12 May 2015)