THERESA May has begun day two of her Government reshuffle after yesterday’s renewal of her cabinet got off to a chaotic start when key ministers refused to move from their job and one walked out.
Esther McVey has received another promotion as her political comeback continues.
The Merseyside-born MP was appointed as the new Work and Pensions Secretary by Theresa May in the Prime Minster’s latest reshuffle.
Ms McVey, 50, was previously a Disabled Persons and then Employment Minister in David Cameron’s government where she took the brunt of people’s anger over the hated “ bedroom tax ”.
She lost her previous seat – Wirral West – to Margaret Greenwood in the 2015 General Election by just 417 votes, resulting in the Conservatives losing their last MP on Merseyside.
But in the run up to last year’s snap election she was selected to run in the safe Conservative seat of Tatton in Cheshire , which had been recently vacated by George Osborne, inheriting a thumping majority of more than 14,000.
Ms McVey accepted the post after Justine Greening refused it and quit the government as a result of being moved from the education portfolio.
She was promoted to deputy chief whip in November 2017, the beginning of her return to front line politics.
Based on her record last time she worked within the Department of Work and Pensions, as Iain Duncan Smith’s number two, it is unlikely she will do anything to prevent the roll out of Universal Credit or other controversial benefit cutting policies.
Last year Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Debbie Abrahams said of Ms McVey: “In her time as Minister for Disabled People, then Employment, Esther McVey was a key architect of the most draconian and incompetent social security reforms this country has ever seen.
“Her failure to make work pay through Universal Credit with 2.6m families now losing up to £2,100 a year, record numbers of working people living in poverty and more disabled people in poverty since 2010 are testament to her record of failure.”
The news of her return to the DWP is not expected to go down well with people on Merseyside, who are some of the worst affected by the Tory government’s controversial welfare reforms.
Startling figures released in August last year show that more than 7,000 of Liverpool’s poorest families were still being forced to pay the hated bedroom tax.
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Source : https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/901677/cabinet-reshuffle-live-updates-latest-UK-theresa-may-brexit-anne-milton-jeremy-hunt
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