New appointments at the Department of Health
Following last week’s general election, the new team at the Department of Health has been announced; all are Conservatives.
The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP (south west Surrey) continues as secretary of state for health.
Alistair Burt MP (north east Bedfordshire) is the new minister of state (care and support) at the Department of Health.
This was formerly the portfolio of Norman Lamb Lib Dem MP.
Mr Burt was a foreign office minister between 2010 and 2013, and a junior minister in the Department of Social Security from 1992-97.
Ben Gummer MP (Ipswich) becomes parliamentary under secretary of state for the Department of Health.
Son of John Gummer MP (now Lord Deben) this is his first ministerial post.
Jane Ellison MP (Battersea, Balham and Wandsworth) remains parliamentary under secretary of state for public health.
She has held this office since October 2013.
Earl Howe remains parliamentary under secretary of state for quality in the House of Lords.
In the last parliament he held this post and the portfolio for dentistry.