Mark Pawsey handed Work and Pensions role

Mark Pawsey (right) with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Damian Green (left).
Mark Pawsey (right) with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Damian Green (left).

Rugby MP Mark Pawsey has been made Parliamentary Private Secretary to the new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Damian Green.

Mr Pawsey’s appointment follows on from Prime Minister Theresa May’s recent cabinet reshuffle and his new role will see him work closely with Mr Green, who has overall responsibility for welfare, pensions and child maintenance policy in the UK.

Before the reshuffle, Mr Pawsey was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Anna Soubry in her role as former Minister of State for the department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Speaking after his new position was revealed, Mr Pawsey said: “It is a great honour to have been asked to support Damian Green in his role as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. I look forward to working with him as we continue to deliver a welfare state that works for everyone.

“Within the DWP the Conservative government has committed to deliver major reforms to place fairness at the heart of the welfare system. This includes completing our manifesto commitment to implement Universal Credit, which has already helped many residents here in Rugby to get back into work.”

Mr Pawsey added: “I know Damian has the vision and drive to ensure that the DWP delivers in its crucial areas of responsibility, most of all creating a fair and affordable welfare system which improves the life chances of children and transforms lives by guiding people back into work.

“We will also continue to look after those who have worked hard all their lives by providing a fair and decent pension for those who are retired.”