FAREHAM MP Mark Hoban said he is up to the challenge after he was appointed employment minister in the government’s reshuffle.
The 48-year-old Conservative, was promoted by David Cameron from his role as a Treasury minister under Chancellor George Osborne, which he took up following the 2010 election.
He starts his new job at the Department of Work and Pensions at a time when 2.65m people are unemployed in the UK.
Mr Hoban told The News: ‘I’m very pleased. This is a big job and it’s a key issue for my constituents and across south east Hampshire.
‘It’s good to be in a position to hopefully make a difference to people’s lives.
‘It’s a good challenge.
‘What we are seeing is that the private sector is creating more jobs and there’s been improving figures over the last two months.
‘My first challenge will be next Wednesday when the most recent labour market figures come out. That will be my baptism of fire.’