Brennan appointed as voluntary sector minister

Kevin Brennan, MP for Cardiff West, has been appointed the new Minister for the Third Sector.

Brennan was formerly a parliamentary under-secretary at the Department for Children, Schools and Families. He replaces Phil Hope, who has been promoted to minister of state at the Department of Health.

Brennan's responsibilities at the DCSF included the third sector, child protection, children in care, asylum-seeking children, school food and youth sport.

A teacher by profession, 49-year-old Brennan was formerly a member of the House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee.

He was first elected as MP for Cardiff West in June 2001. He is also a member of parliamentary rock band MP4.

Last week, Liam Byrne was appointed as the new Cabinet Office minister to replace Ed Miliband, who has been appointed Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.

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