Angela Rayner
Shadow Secretary of State for Education
Assumed office
1 July 2016
Leader Jeremy Corbyn
Shadowing Nicky Morgan
Justine Greening
Damian Hinds
Preceded by Pat Glass
Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities
In office
27 June 2016 – 6 October 2016
Leader Jeremy Corbyn
Preceded by Kate Green
Succeeded by Sarah Champion
Shadow Minister for Pensions
In office
11 January 2016 – 1 July 2016
Leader Jeremy Corbyn
Preceded by Nick Thomas-Symonds
Succeeded by Alex Cunningham
Member of Parliament
for Ashton-under-Lyne
Assumed office
8 May 2015
Preceded by David Heyes
Majority 11,295 (28.4%)
Personal details
Born (1980-03-28) 28 March 1980 (age 44)
Website Official website

Angela Rayner, born 28 March 1980) was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Ashton-under-Lyne at the 2015 general election and has served as Shadow Secretary of State for Education since 1 July 2016.

Rayner supports a proposed "National Education Service" (NES) modelled after the National Health Service.<

Early career

After leaving school, Rayner worked for Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council as a care worker before being elected as a UNISON union representative. She served as Convenor of UNISON North West, the most senior UNISON official in the region.

Parliamentary career

Rayner contested the Ashton-under-Lyne constituency at the 2015 general election, and increased the Labour majority and share of the vote in the constituency. Rayner successfully defended her Ashton-under-Lyne seat at the general election called on 8 June 2017 both increasing the Labour Party majority and vote share.

Shadow Minister

On 27 June 2016, she was promoted to Shadow Women and Equalities Minister, and was further promoted later that week to Shadow Education Secretary. Rayner had previously served as Opposition Whip and Shadow Pensions Minister.


Rayner is concerned that statutory instruments enable the government to bypass parliament and fears this is a threat to democracy. Notably, Rayner is concerned that the government in 2017 raised tuition fees by statutory instrument and disregarded a later vote in parliament against this rise. Rayner fears similar statutory instruments may be used to bypass parliament over Brexit.