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NEW EDUCATION SECRETARY'S LOCAL GOVERNMENT ROOTS

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Newly appointed education secretary Gillian Shephard represented Norfolk on the Association of County Council's edu...
Newly appointed education secretary Gillian Shephard represented Norfolk on the Association of County Council's education committee until 1987.

A teacher and schools inspector, she was elected to Norfolk county council in 1977, holding the post of deputy leader from 1981-87.

After a stint as social services committee chair, Mrs Shephard became education committee chair in 1983.

She stepped down two years later when the county's teachers took industrial action as her husband was head teacher at a local high school.

She resigned from local government to become an MP at the 1987 general election.
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