Sep 4 2012 By Hannah Bewley
BRENT Central MP Sarah Teather lost her position as an education minister in the coalition government.
The former minister of state for children and families was a victim of David Cameron's Cabinet reshuffle and has been replaced by fellow Liberal Democrat David Laws.
Ms Teather was appointed a minister after she was voted in as an MP during the 2010 general election.
The Brent Central MP said after a day of specualtion: "It has been a huge privilege to serve as an education minister in the coalition government over the last two and a half years.
"I'm hugely proud of the part I have been able to play in ending child detention, and rolling out the pupil premium, giving free nursery places to disadvantaged two year olds, amongst many other achievements.
"Particularly close to my heart has been the work to reform the system of support for children and families with special educational needs and disability. It is a cause I have championed partly as a result of my own experience of illness and disability as a teenager.
"I would have dearly liked to be able to carry that work through to completion.
"I now hand that task over to others in Government to finish.
"I am certain David will be an outstanding education Minister.
"We have been friends for many years and I am delighted for him that he has been given one of the best and most rewarding roles in Government. I shall support him and the Government now from the backbenches.
"My number one priority will continue to be representing my constituents, which has always been my first love, and I’m also looking forward to having a little more time for myself."
David Laws has been out of government for two years after he resigned due to an expenses scandal.