It was an unexpected start to 2018 for David Gauke MP after he was appointed Secretary of State for Justice during a cabinet reshuffle.
Having only been Secretary of State for Work and Pensions since June 2017, Prime Minister Theresa May chose to appoint Gauke to his new position on January 8.
However, Gauke is extremely pleased with his appointment.
Speaking to CHORLEYWOODnews he said: “It is a very great honour to have been appointed Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor.
“Justice and the rule of law are at the heart of our country’s values. It is a privilege to be appointed to a position that is so closely linked to these vital concepts.”
Gauke is now getting to know his new role, but already has in mind some key issues he would like to tackle.
He continued: “I want to ensure that public confidence in our legal system is maintained and that we have an effective prison system that helps protect the public and rehabilitates offenders.
“I am looking forward to getting to grips with a number of very important issues.”
Before his re-appointment, Gauke had been championing the implementation of Universal Credit.
This job will now fall to Esther McVey MP who takes over from Gauke.
On Twitter, he thanked the “dedicated people” in the Department for Work and Pensions for their “help and support”.
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