East Surrey MP promoted to Prime Minister's Parliamentary Private Secretary (From Redhill And Reigate Life)
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East Surrey MP promoted to Prime Minister's Parliamentary Private Secretary
2:16pm Friday 7th September 2012 in Local News
East Surrey MP Sam Gyimah has been promoted to the role of Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Prime Minister. The announcement was made last Thursday (September 6), in the wake of David Cameron's Cabinet reshuffle.
Mr Gyimah said he was “thrilled” after the news was made public.
He said: “I am thrilled and excited to be taking on this new challenge.” His new post will see him acting as the Prime Minister’s Parliamentary aide, working closely with the PM and his team at Downing Street. The role of PPS is unpaid and sometimes unflatteringly described as “the minister's bag-carrier.”
However, it is also a big step forward for MPs aiming to take a ministerial post one day.
At the last General Election in 2010, Mr Gyimah romped home to succeed Tory Peter Ainsworth as MP for East Surrey with more than 31,000 votes.
He polled 56.7% of the share of the votes and increased the Conservative vote by 0.5% on the 2005 General Election result.
Mr Gyimah polled more than double his nearest rival, and his majority stands at a safe 16,874. His promotion contrasted with the fortunes of his fellow Tory, Reigate MP Crispin Blunt, who lost his job as prisons minister at the Ministry of Justice in the Cabinet reshuffle, and so will return to the backbenches.
After two years in the post, Mr Blunt said he was disappointed that he would not be able to take forward policy changes surrounding offender management and criminal justice.
But Mr Blunt embraced what he called “the freedom of the backbenches” as an opportunity to campaign on constituency issues, and particularly his priority of protecting the Green Belt.
In February 2010, Mr Blunt, the then Shadow Minister for Home Affairs and Counter-Terrorism, told a meeting of the Federation of Banstead and District Residents Association, he was “personally committed to the Green Belt.” He said: “I can assure you that I am personally committed to ensuring that the Green Belt remains a bulwark against development in the whole of the constituency, but this is absolutely paramount to the north of the M25 to preserve the character of the area.” He added: “You can assume that if I am re-elected, your local Member of Parliament will die in a ditch to stop new development on Green Belt Land."