Hampshire MPs get new jobs in government – but still no minister for Portsmouth

Caroline Dinenage arrives in Downing Street  earlier this year. Picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Caroline Dinenage arrives in Downing Street earlier this year. Picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire

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SEVERAL MPs in the area have been handed new jobs in the prime minister Theresa May’s new government.

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage will move from the Ministry of Justice where she was family justice minister.

Ms Dinenage will keep her women and equalities role as parliamentary under secretary of state at the Department for Education.

Making the announcement on Twitter, Ms Dinenage said she was ‘sad’ to be leaving her team but was ‘excited about new challenges’.

Ms Dinenage was made parliamentary under secretary of state for women, equalities and family justice by David Cameron.

Richard Heaton, permanent secretary at Ministry of Justice, posted on Twitter and said: ‘Thanks for all you did on family justice, mental capacity, coroners and more – and good luck.’

East Hampshire MP Damian Hinds

East Hampshire MP Damian Hinds

Meanwhile, Mark Francois MP, who was the minister for Portsmouth, left government to conduct a review into the use of reserves in the Army.

No replacement for the minister for Portsmouth role has been announced.

The post was created by former prime minister Mr Cameron in a response to BAE Systems axing 1,000 jobs in 2013 in Portsmouth.

Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt has been appointed as minister of state at the Department for Work and Pensions.

Ms Mordaunt will be moving over from the Ministry of Defence, where she served as armed forces minister, to work with new work and pensions secretary Damian Green.

George Hollingbery, West Meon MP, was appointed as the prime minister’s parliamentary private secretary.

He said: ‘This is the second time Theresa May has asked me to work closely with her as a parliamentary private secretary and the appointment is a huge honour.

‘It will be a privilege for me to act as her eyes and ears in the Commons and to liaise with Downing Street, the chief whip and my Conservative MP colleagues on a broad range of issues as they arise.

‘The job is going to be challenging and extremely interesting, and I’m absolutely certain I will have my hands full, but I thank the prime minister for the trust she has shown in me.’

East Hampshire MP Damian Hinds was appointed work and pensions minister.

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