Rob Wilson retains post of Minister for Civil Society

The MP for Reading East was re-elected last week; Oliver Letwin is the new Cabinet Office minister

Rob Wilson
Rob Wilson

Rob Wilson, the MP for Reading East, has retained his job as the Minister for Civil Society.

The Cabinet Office this afternoon confirmed that Wilson, who was appointed charities minister in September last year after the resignation of Brooks Newmark, will keep the brief after Prime Minister David Cameron's reshuffle.

Wilson, who first became an MP in 2005, was re-elected last week with a majority of 6,520.

Cameron appointed Oliver Letwin, the MP for West Dorset since 1997, as minister in overall charge of the Cabinet Office.

Letwin was Minister for Government Policy throughout the last parliament and was appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in 2014, a historic role associated with the Cabinet Office and a position he will continue to hold.

Matthew Hancock, the MP for West Suffolk since 2010, has also been appointed Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, with a brief for pursuing efficiency and civil service reform. And John Penrose, MP for Weston-super-Mare since 2005, becomes Parliamentary Secretary in the department, although his role has not been outlined.

Francis Maude, who throughout the last parliament was the charities ministers’ immediate boss as Minister for the Cabinet Office, has been moved to the position of trade minister at the Foreign Office and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. He announced before the election that he would stand down as the MP for Horsham.

Earlier today, Cameron appointed Damian Hinds, MP for East Hampshire, to the Treasury role covering charity tax matters, among other areas.

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