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The West Midlands has a LOT of MPs in Theresa May's government after her reshuffle

The West Midlands has a LOT of MPs in Theresa May’s government after her reshuffle

The West Midlands is heavily represented in Theresa May’s government following her reshuffle, with 13 MPs from the region in Ministerial posts.

There were new appointments to posts as whips and junior ministers, while MPs who were already in the Cabinet continue to have seats at the top level of government.

Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid kept his job as Communities Secretary. His department was renamed the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, a change designed to show the Government is serious about providing more housing.

Staffordshire Moorlands MP Karen Bradley moved from the job of Culture Secretary to become Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

South Staffordshire MP Gavin Williamson kept his job as Defence Secretary while Jeremy Wright, MP for Kenilworth and Southam in Warwickshire, continues as Attorney General.



Sajid Javid MP

While attention has focused on the Cabinet, Mrs May also made a series of changes to her team of junior ministers. It was here that some West Midlands MPs were bought into the Government for the first time.

Nadhim Zahawi, MP for Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, joined the Government with a new job as an education minister.

Amanda Milling, MP for Cannock Chase in Staffordshire , and Wendy Morton, MP for Aldridge-Brownhills in the Black Country, both joined the government as junior whips.

Christopher Pincher, MP for Tamworth in Staffordshire, returned to the whips office. He was first appointed as a government whip in 2016, but resigned in November last year following allegations about his private life.

West Worcestershire MP Harriet Baldwin was promoted from the role of Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Ministry of Defence to become a Minister of State – a more senior post – in the Foreign Office.



Amanda Milling MP Cannock Chase

In a similar way, Stourbridge MP Margot James moved from the role of junior business minister to a more senior role in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Andrew Griffiths, MP for Burton in Staffordshire, was moved from the whips office to become a Minister in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Worcester MP Robin Walker kept his job as a Brexit Minister, while Hereford and South Herefordshire MP Jesse Norman stayed in the same role as a transport minister.

There was also a new role, though not in the Government, for Black Country MP James Morris, who represents Halesowen and Rowley Regis . He was made a Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party, responsible for training and development.

Nuneaton MP Marcus Jones lost his job as a local government minister but was named party vice chairman responsible for local government.

The reshuffle, along with the appointment of new Conservative Party vice-chairs, was designed to show that the Government and the Tory Party is representative of the country as a whole, according to Theresa May’s spokesman.

But it did not go smoothly. Former Education Secretary Justine Greening reportedly refused Mrs May’s request that she should take on the Work and Pensions role. She spent more than two hours locked in talks in Downing Street, before eventually resigning from the Government.



Wendy Morton Prospective MP for Aldridge-Brownhills Conservative.
Wendy Morton MP for Aldridge-Brownhills

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt was expected to move to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, replacing Business Secretary Greg Clark. But both Mr Hunt and Mr Clark reportedly refused to move, forcing the Prime Minister to revise her plans.

And Transport Secretary Chris Grayling was announced as the new Conservative Party chair – only for the decision to be reversed, with immigration minister Brandon Lewis getting the job instead.

Mrs May said: “This Government is about building a country fit for the future – one that truly works for everyone with a stronger economy and a fairer society.

“This reshuffle helps us do just that by bringing fresh talent into Government, boosting delivery in key policy areas like housing, health and social care, and ensuring the Government looks more like the country it serves.

“It also allows a new generation of gifted ministers to step up and make life better for people across the whole UK.”

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