I was delighted to be offered a job in the government by the PM as Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury. The role means working with the Chancellor on how to grow the economy, increase productivity and more higher paid jobs, investment in skills, infrastructure like the roads, railways and broadband, new technologies and growing the prosperity of the regions of the U.K., including our own in the East Midlands.
It’s a big challenge and I will no doubt have a lot to learn. I hope I can make a contribution and bring the issues you raise with me everyday in emails, letters and at my surgeries to the heart of government.
My first duty will always be representing Newark and Nottinghamshire and I don’t expect this new role to change anything or distract me from that. Hopefully in time I will gain greater experience to bring to bear locally. I’m pleased Newark has a voice in government – it hasn’t had one since Ted Bishop in the ‘70’s. The Rushcliffe end of the constituency of course has had an MP in the Treasury before in Ken Clarke, although rather more senior than me!