With mutterings about Cabinet reshuffles I was interested to see Rachel Reeves mentioned as a potential Shadow Education Secretary (though word on the street as that this is now unlikely). Reeves is great, but she’s still quite young. If she became Shadow Sec, and Labour won in 2015, and she remained in post – she would be the youngest ever Edu Sec.
That is not necessarily a problem. Both Rab Butler & Edward Boyle were in their 30s when they took the role and are regularly named as being among ‘the greats’. However, Ruth Kelly’s disasterous turn at the helm has since made people nervous of youth.
Mean age on entry – 50
There is also most no difference between the parties. Labour average age on entry is 50.5, Conservative is 49.5.
The youngest EduSec is Ruth Kelly, who started age 36
The oldest was Keith Joseph, who began when he was 63
Age on Entry
|Patrick Gordon Walker||60|