The political in-tray for South Holland and the Deeping MP John Hayes is to get even bigger after getting a new job in government.
Mr Hayes was named as a Minister of State at the Department for Transport in a major reshuffle of governmental posts by Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Tuesday.
However, Mr Hayes will combine the new role with his existing work at the Cabinet Office, coordinating policy and programmes across all govenrment departments.
“I saw the Prime Minister on Monday night, had a chat with him and he asked me whether I would like to do this new role,” Mr Hayes said.
“Of course, I said yes to becoming the Minister of State at the Department for Transport but I’ll continue to be a senior Cabinet Office advisor, working on major infrastructure projects crossing a number of departments.”
First elected as MP for South Holland and the Deepings in 1997, Mr Hayes held a number of shadow ministerial posts before the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition government was formed after the General Election in May 2010.
Mr Hayes was previously Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning, as well as Energy and Climate Change, before taking on his Cabinet Office role last year.
“I’m very proud that the Prime Minister has this faith in me and it’s an immense privilege to be able to continue as a senior Cabinet advisor and also be the Minister of State at the Department for Transport,” Mr Hayes said
“I’m very fortunate to have this opportunity and I hope it’s seen as an honour for our area, not just for me, because I’ve never forgotten the people who put me in Parliament and the constituency of South Holland and the Deepings is always my first priority.”
The Government reshuffle also meant a new role for Nick Boles MP whose Grantham and Stamford constituency includes Bourne.
Mr Boles is the new Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise, but he will also be in charge of the Government’s same sex marriage legislation.
“I am very excited to have a new challenge and I am determined to make sure that everybody can acquire the skills to be able to benefit from the economic recovery,” Mr Boles said.