Esther McVey promoted in cabinet reshuffle but 'nothing changes' for constituents


Our MP Esther McVey has today been promoted from Deputy Chief Whip to Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

Prompted by her sacking of Damian Green from his job as first secretary of state in December 2017, the prime minister Theresa May carried out a cabinet reshuffle today (Monday, 8th January).

Esther McVey, the former Employment Minister, was elected as the new MP for Tatton (with 58.6% of the vote) in June 2017.

Subsequently she returned to government in November 2017. Following the resignation of Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, the Prime Minister was forced to reshuffle her Government which saw Ms McVey taking on the role of Deputy Chief Whip.

Tatton MP Esther McVey said: "I am delighted to have been asked to be Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. As a previous Minister for Employment I am passionate about helping people find a job, fulfilling their potential and social mobility. But from the point of view of my constituents nothing changes, and I have always balanced being a Government Minister with being a constituency MP.

"I take pride and thoroughly enjoy the work I do in the constituency and that will continue. Like all MPs I am in Parliament during the week before heading home and starting a packed two days of constituency work, which this week includes spending a day shadowing Cheshire Police as your local MP, and I look forward to seeing first-hand the excellent work they do and the challenges they face. In addition to that I have individual constituent appointments and I have the privilege to go to the 18th East Cheshire Christmas Tree collection. The week after I will see the excellent work the 1st Knutsford Scouts are doing and then will chair a meeting of the Tatton Youth Advisory Board.

"I will still be doing all my constituency surgeries and work as I have done for the past seven months and look forward to meeting many more people as I do so. The work continues and we have made progress with transport links by setting up a working group looking at re-opening the Mid-Cheshire lines. This year we also need to focus on protecting our green belt, ensuring the school funding formula works for all schools in Tatton, addressing the concerns that have arisen in the Council recently and supporting all the exciting businesses and local groups in the constituency."

Esther McVey


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Duncan Herald
Monday 8th January 2018 at 9:29 pm
Congratulations !
Duncan Herald
Wednesday 10th January 2018 at 10:00 am
Take a look at today's (Wednesday 10th) Daily Telegraph, page 5, top right-hand column and see what disgusting insults your M.P. has to face.
Kathryn Blackburn
Thursday 11th January 2018 at 9:10 am
At Duncan. Ms Mcvey is more than capable of dealing with Momentum/Labour skulduggery.
She's a woman and from Liverpool !
Duncan Herald
Thursday 11th January 2018 at 10:18 am
Hi Kathryn,
I stand corrected!
I have spoken with M/S Mcvey several times and have always been impressed.

But I still maintain that Mr. McDonnall should be 'taken to task' for suggesting that she should be 'lynched'; is that a 'hate crime'?
Kathryn Blackburn
Thursday 11th January 2018 at 3:47 pm
Duncan - McDonnell claims he was just venting his anger. Hardly in keeping with the same man that chose to take up training for the priesthood in his youth. Very strange man.
Duncan Herald
Friday 12th January 2018 at 9:35 am
If the leader of an extreme right wing group (BNP or whatever they are called these days) can be taken to court for a hate crime against immigrants and quite right too), why arn't the leaders of an extreme left wing group (Momentum) also taken to court for a hate crime?

Yes in case you're in doubt, a hate crime is one against a person based on gender, not just ethnicity or religeon etc.

You may have read, in today's newspapers, an account of Baroness Jenkin's statement in the House of Lords yesterday re. the foul insults shouted at our M.P. M/S McVey.

Kathryn; I have no doubt that M/S McVey is perfectly capable of shrugging off the insults from these sub-humans! My point is that she and others should not have to.

I have no problem with badinage or witty banter o clearly arhued differences etc. but when a line is crossed, those who cross it should be held to account.