South West Herts MP promoted in cabinet reshuffle

David Gauke, MP for South West Herts
David Gauke, MP for South West Herts

South West Herts MP David Gauke has been promoted to the role of financial secretary to the Treasury for the coalition government.

His new responsibilities will include childcare policy, the Royal Mint and the UK’s contribution to the EU budget and wider issues.

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said: “Very pleased that David Gauke has been promoted to Financial Secretary in the Treasury. He’s been a huge support to me for the past four years.”

Mr Gauke can often be seen on BBC Two’s Newsnight programme defending the government’s programme of austerity.

The Tory MP was previously exchequer secretary to the Treasury, where his duties included overseeing the UK tax system.

He was appointed to that role – his first ministerial post – after being reelected as an MP for South West Herts in 2010. He has held the seat since 2005, when New Labour was in power.

Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning has also received a promotion under Prime Minister David Cameron’s reshuffle ahead of next year’s general election.

The 56-year-old Tory politician became the new Minister of State at the Home Office with responsibility for policing, following a meeting with Mr Cameron this morning.

This will be a further ministerial post held by Mr Penning, who now moves on from the position of Minister of State for disabled people – a role he was only appointed to in October of last year.

Other noteable changes in the reshuffle include the resignations from the cabinet of Foreign Secretary William Hague and minister without portfolio Ken Clarke.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond takes over the foreign office and former education secretary Michael Gove was handed the role of chief party whip, to be replaced by Treasury minister Nicky Morgan.