New Children’s Minister appointed in reshuffle

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Kemi Badenoch has been appointed Children and Families Minister as part of the new Prime Ministers’ drastic reshuffle.

Kemi Badenoch

The Saffron Waldon MP was appointed following Nadhim Zahawi’s move to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, after approximately 18 months in the role. Mr Zahawi said the new minister will be “a real champion for our most vulnerable children”.

In a wide-ranging brief, Mrs Badenoch will be responsible for adoption, special educational needs and local authority performance. She will work under the new Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson who replaced Damian Hinds last week.

Mrs Badenoch was born in London and spent much of her childhood in Nigeria and the US, before returning to the UK aged 16. She worked in IT and banking before entering politics. She became MP for Saffron Waldon following the 2017 snap general election. Prior to that she was a member of the London Assembly.