Esther McVey appointed secretary of state for work and pensions

Tatton MP promoted to cabinet post

Tatton MP Esther McVey has been appointed as the new secretary of state for work and pensions, Downing Street has confirmed.

She is the first new female cabinet minister announced since Theresa May started her January reshuffle.

It's being regarded as a big promotion for the former tv presenter and businesswoman, who lost her seat in the Wirral West constituency following the 2015 general election but was re-elected as MP for Tatton in 2017.

She has been deputy chief whip since November 2017, however her latest appointment means that the constituency of Tatton once again has a seat at the cabinet table, as McVey's predecessor George Osborne was quick to point out.



Reaction from George Osborne (former Tatton MP)



Reaction from Laura Smith (Labour MP for Crewe and Nantwich)





So, who's in? Here's what we know so far...


Prime Minister: Theresa May

Chancellor: Philip Hammond

Home Secretary: Amber Rudd

Foreign Secretary: Boris Johnson

Brexit Secretary: David Davis

Defence Secretary: Gavin Williamson

Northern Ireland Secretary: Karen Bradley

Justice Secretary: David Gauke

Health and Social Care Secretary: Jeremy Hunt

Conservative chairman: Brandon Lewis

Business and Energy Secretary: Greg Clark

Housing and Communities Secretary: Sajid Javid

Culture, Media and Sports Secretary: Matt Hancock

International Trade Secretary: Liam Fox

Transport Secretary: Chris Grayling

Environment Secretary: Michael Gove

Leader of the House of Lords: Baroness Evans

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: David Lidington

International Development Secretary: Penny Mordaunt

Education Secretary: Damian Hinds

Work and Pensions Secretary: Esther McVey

Welsh Secretary: Alun Cairns

Scottish Secretary: David Mundell 


Other ministers with the right to attend cabinet:

Attorney General: Jeremy Wright

Immigration Minister: Caroline Nokes

Minister of State for Business and Energy: Claire Perry






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