Reading East MP Promoted in Government Reshuffle
Over the last 24 hours a process of reshuffling the middle ranks of the Government benches has been underway. The only Cabinet level change was the departure of Lib Dem Michael Moore as Scotland Secretary and his replacement by Alastair Carmichael. The rest of the changes involved mainly Parliamentary Under Secretaries (PUS) and Parliamentary Private Secretaries (PPS). David Cameron used this reshuffle to develop more of the 2005 and 2010 intakes with more women and ethnic minority Conservative MPs receiving new posts. There is considerable talent on the back-benches and with such a big intake in 2010 there are many ambitious MPs who fancy their chances as a Minister. The 2005 intake was much smaller but many have been frustrated that colleagues from 2010 have in some cases overtaken them.
Both Reading MPs have been rewarded with posts since the 2010 General Election. Reading West MP Alok Sharma was made a Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party and Reading East MP Rob Wilson (pictured) became a PPS to Jeremy Hunt when he was Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport and followed him to Health when he was reshuffled. PPSs are the most junior rung on the Government ladder but they are an essential step for most MPs for further promotion. Being PPS to a Cabinet Minister is a coveted role and the more senior the Cabinet member the more coveted the post. PPSs are the Parliamentary eyes and ears of the Minister they support and inevitably have ready access to the Minister and the Department. They are usually handpicked by the Minister with the appointment being cleared through No 10 and the Whips Office.
The news that Rob Wilson has moved from PPS to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to be PPS of the Chancellor George Osborne is great news both for Rob and Reading. I have heard it rumoured that Rob turned down another job offer of a senior post in the Whips Office to take the role in the Treasury. To be offered one Government post is a great boost but to be offered two and be able to choose is a serious compliment.
Rob said “I have had three great years at DCMS and then Health with Jeremy for which I thank him. We’ve certainly weathered a few storms together and it was a real pleasure to work for him. I am looking forward to this new challenge, working closely with the Chancellor right at the heart of government.”
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