Claire Perry MP gets new ministerial role
In the Prime Minister's mini reshuffle following the inconclusive result of the General Election, Claire Perry MP has been appointed to the government position of Minister of State in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. She says she was 'delighted to accept' the job.
She will be working to the Secretary of State, Greg Clark MP who was appointed in July 2016.
During the run up to the June 2016 referendum on EU membership, Mrs Perry campaigned for the Remain side. Her new Department is seen as key to bringing a satisfactory outcome to Brexit negotiations and it will be central to arranging new regulations for British industry.
Writing about the election result she says that a hung Parliament is "...not the ideal result with the start of the Brexit talks looming."
"At this crucial time, it is only right, in my view, that we form a government in the national interest, and with the most seats and most votes, only the Conservative Party has the ability and legitimacy to do that."
During David Cameron's premiership, Mrs Perry was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport from 2014 to 2016.
She resigned from that job in July 2016 after months of crisis over the Southern Rail franchise. She fended off demands for the government to take over the franchise amidst loud protests over the franchise holder's record of cancelled trains and strikes.
The Daily Telegraph quoted friends as saying she had resigned as "she was fed up justifying how c*** our railways are - she wants freedom to tell the truth."
On the department's website it does not yet spell out what her responsibilities will be at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Under Personal Life the website states simply: "Claire has three children."
In her weekly column - resumed after the election hiatus - she emphasises that she will continue to campaign on local, constituency issues. She has added to these her desire to "...to see if there are new and creative ways to help local people get the homes they want".