Nicky Morgan keeps cabinet role despite standing down as MP

Ms Morgan did not stand in the general election

Monday, December 16, 2019

Nicky Morgan will keep her role as Culture Secretary, despite no longer serving as a member of Parliament, Downing Street has announced.

The former MP for Loughborough will also be given a life peerage and take questions in the House of Lords.

She announced at the end of October that she would not be standing in this year’s general election, saying it was time for her to “be at home far more”.

In a letter she wrote: “The clear impact on my family and the other sacrifices involved in, and the abuse for, doing the job of a modern MP can only be justified if, ultimately, Parliament does what it is supposed to do.”

The decision to keep her on in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has been met with some criticism.

Brexit Party MEP Ben Habib tweeted: “Nicky Morgan ennobled and still in office even though she did not stand for election. Anyone in any doubt that we need political reform?”

The announcement is one of the first in Boris Johnson’s mini cabinet “reshuffle”, following his landslide general election win last week.

Number 10 has also named Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire MP Simon Hart as the successor to Alun Cairns as Welsh Secretary.

Mr Cairns was forced to leave the role in November over his links to an aide accused of sabotaging a rape trial.

The Prime Minister is expected to carry out a wider re-shuffle of his top team in February, with reports that up to a third of his senior MPs could go.

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