New appointments this week in UK politics, the civil service and public affairs

Posted On: 
16th September 2019

Dods People draws together a list of appointments in Westminster politics, the devolved administrations and the public affairs sector in the last week.

John Bercow is to stand down as Speaker on 31st October.
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Houses of Parliament:

House of Lords

Conservative peerages to be conferred on Gavin Barwell, David Brownlow, Stephen Parkinson, Joanna Penn, Elizabeth Sanderson, Zameer Choudrey, Byron Davies and Raminder Ranger.

Crossbench peerages to be conferred on Simon Woolley, Ruth Hunt, Harold Carter, Heather Hallett and Kim Darroch.

Labour peerages to be conferred on Christine Blower, John Hendy and Debbie Wilcox.

Green Party peerage to be conferred on Natalie Bennett.

Non-affiliated peerages to be conferred on John Mann and Margaret Ritchie.

The Duke of Wellington was Conservative and is now sitting as non-affiliated.

The Earl of Oxford and Asquith was Liberal Democrat and is now sitting as non-affiliated.

The Earl of Selborne was Conservative and is now sitting as non-affiliated.

 

House of Commons

John Bercow is to stand down as Speaker on 31st October.

Angela Smith joined the Liberal Democrats.

Amber Rudd resigned from the Conservative Party and now sits as Independent.

Treasury Committee - Catherine McKinnell appointed as interim Treasury Committee Chair after the election for Chair was postponed until the House returns.

 

Government Departments:

Amber Rudd resigned as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and as Minister for Women and Equalities.

Theresa Coffey was appointed as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (formerly Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs).

Zac Goldsmith was appointed as Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Department for International Development, in an attending cabinet capacity (formerly Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Department for International Development).

Elizabeth Truss was appointed as Minister for Women and Equalities, in addition to her sole as Secretary of State for International Trade.

Chris Skidmore was appointed as Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation in the Department for Education and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (formerly Minister of State for Health).

Edward Argar was appointed as Minister of State for Health (formerly Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice).

Chris Philp was appointed as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (formerly Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer).

Helen Whately was appointed as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Rebecca Pow was appointed as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (formerly Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport).

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Stephen Hickey has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Iraq in succession to Jon Wilks.

Rehman Chishti MP to replace Lord Ahmad as Envoy for Freedom of Religion and Belief.

Department of Health and Social Care

Fran Leddra and Mark Harvey to become interim joint Chief Social Worker for Adults.

 

Devolved Authorities:

Scottish Parliament

Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee - Donald Cameron appointed to replace Jamie Greene, and Mike Rumbles appointed as a member.

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee - Jeremy Balfour appointed to replace Alison Harris as a member.

Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee - Rachael Hamilton appointed to replace John Scott as a member.

Education and Skills Committee - Alison Harris appointed to replace Oliver Mundell, Daniel Johnson appointed to replace Johann Lamont and Beatrice Wishart appointed as a member.

Finance and Constitution Committee - Alex Rowley appointed to replace James Kelly as a member.

Justice Committee - James Kelly appointed to replace Daniel Johnson as a member.

Local Government and Communities Committee - Sarah Boyack appointed to replace Alex Rowley as a member.

Public Petitions Committee - Maurice Corry appointed to replace Rachael Hamilton as a member.

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee - Neil Findlay appointed to replace Elaine Smith as a member.

Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body – Ruth Davidson was elected to replace Jackson Carlaw as a member.

 

Local Authorities:

Newport Council - Debbie Wilcox to stand down as Leader after being named as a member of the House of Lords.

Norwich Council - Laura McGillivray to stand down as Chief Executive later in the year.

By-election Results 12th September

Rushmoor Council – Thomas Mitchell elected for St Mark’s – Liberal Democrat hold (caused by the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Alain Dekker).

Shropshire Council – Ruth Houghton elected for Bishop’s Castle - Liberal Democrat hold (caused by the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Jonathan Keeley).

Wellingborough Council – Andrew Weatherill elected for Finedon – Conservative hold (caused by the resignation of Conservative councillor Barbara Bailey).

South Northamptonshire Council – Mark Allen elected for Middleton Cheney – Liberal Democrat gain (caused by the resignation of Conservative councillor Jonathan Riley).

Rutland Council – Richard Coleman elected for Ryhall and Casterton – Conservative gain (caused by the disqualification of independent councillor Chris Parsons).

 

Industry

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Interest Groups

FACT UK - Eddy Leviten took up the role of Chief Operating Officer.

National Citizen Service Trust – Michael Lynas to stand down as Chief Executive next year.

 

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