Hemel MP Mike Penning has been made minister of state for the armed forces in the new government of Theresa May.
Mr Penning, who played a key role in Mrs May’s successful Conservative Party leadership campaign, is a former soldier himself.
He joined the Grenadier Guards as a ‘boy soldier’ at the age of 16, and served in the Guards in Kenya, Germany and Northern Ireland. He also served for a period in the Royal Army Medical Corps.
In September 2013 he was appointed Honorary Colonel of 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Regiment, Army Cadet Force, a duty he carried out for two years.
Mr Penning said: “I am delighted to be offered this job at the Ministry of Defence. It is no secret that one of my main interests is supporting those that serve in our armed forces and the welfare of veterans.
“I am very much looking forward to getting started in this new role.”
Mr Penning is also a keen promoter of the Ministry of Defence Veterans Badge scheme. Anyone who has served in the armed forces, in wartime, peacetime or in National Service, is entitled to a badge. If you have not got yours, contact his office on 01442 251126.
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