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New pensions and Brexit secretaries named

New pensions and Brexit secretaries named

Former Home Secretary Amber Rudd has been named as the new Work and Pensions secretary, alongside Stephen Barclay, who is the new Brexit secretary.

Ms Rudd has replaced Esther McVey, who resigned yesterday in protest over the deal reached between the UK and the European Union over Brexit.

Mr Barclay meanwhile has replaced Dominic Raab, who also resigned yesterday.

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Ms Rudd quit the cabinet in April over the controversy surrounding the Windrush generation, who found their status to remain in the UK in doubt.

She admitted to having "inadvertently misled" a committee of MPs over targets to remove immigrants but it later emerged she had been let down by "crossed wires" between her officials.

Mr Barclay served as minister in the department for health and social care.

He is a former director at Barclays Bank and previous City minister and whip at the Treasury.

Ms McVey resigned after Mr Raab and she was followed by a number of other junior ministers.

She had been Work and Pensions secretary for less than a year and had been in charge of briefs such as the pension dashboard and universal credit.