Robert Jenrick has been appointed as the Treasury minister with responsibility for charity taxation in Prime Minister Theresa May’s reshuffle.
Jenrick, who is the Conservative MP for Newark, was appointed Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury yesterday. He will be the ninth person to oversee the charity taxation brief since 2010 and the third in the past year.
The government’s description of the role says he will oversee the charities, voluntary sector and Gift Aid briefs at the Treasury, as well as supporting tax legislation in parliament.
Jenrick, who was elected in a by-election in 2014, was previously the parliamentary private secretary to Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, and his new role is his first ministerial post.
His predecessor, Andrew Jones MP, was appointed as a Conservative Party vice-chair after less than six months in charge of charity taxation.
Jones’s predecessor at the Treasury, Jane Ellison, lost her Battersea seat in south-west London at last year’s general election.
In a tweet, Jenrick said he was "delighted" with his appointment, and said he was "looking forward to the challenge ahead".
Delighted to be joining @hmtreasury - succeeding an outstanding Minister in Andrew Jones. Looking forward to the challenge ahead, making the case for free markets, driving our economy forward and ensuring it works for all.— Robert Jenrick MP (@RobertJenrick) January 9, 2018
Other announcements in the government reshuffle included the appointment of former Cabinet Office minister Matt Hancock as the culture secretary and the reappointment of Tracey Crouch as the Minister for Sport and Civil Society.