New minister for Work and Pensions named

New minister for Work and Pensions named

Conservative MP Sarah Newton has been appointed as minister of state at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Ms Newton, who was previously parliamentary under secretary of state at the Home Office, is replacing conservative MP Penny Mordaunt, who has been named secretary of state for International Development.

Ms Mordaunt, which had responsibility for disabled people, health and work at the DWP since 2016, is replacing Priti Patel, who resigned from her role on Wednesday (9 November), after admitting unauthorised meetings with Israeli officials had "lacked transparency".

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According to FTAdviser sister newspaper Financial Times, prime minister Theresa May was anxious to maintain the gender and political balance of her cabinet after Ms Patel’s dramatic departure, but decided not take the chance to carry out a more sweeping reshuffle.

Ms Newton, who was junior Home Office minister since July 2016, is an MP for Truro and Falmouth since May 2010.

A spokesperson at the DWP declined to disclose any more details about Ms Newton’s appointment at this time.

Victoria Atkins, who became a tory MP in 2015, is replacing Ms Newton at the Home Office.