Alex Burghart MP has been appointed as the brand new Pensions Minister, following the departure of long-serving predecessor Man Opperman MP.
Mr Opperman was relieved of his duties by new Prime Minister Liz Truss on 8 September.
Mr Burghart’s appointment is likely one of the first ministerial appointments to be confirmed by the King.
Mr Opperman had served as Pensions Minister since June 2017 and his five-year tenure made him one of many longest serving Pensions Ministers.
As Parliamentary Beneath Secretary of State within the Division for Work and Pensions Mr Burghart’s tasks would be the similar as his predecessor.
He has earlier expertise with the Division for Work and Pensions, having served on the Work and Pensions Choose Committee.
He has beforehand served as Parliamentary Beneath Secretary of State on the Division for Schooling from 16 September 2021 to six July 2022.
He stepped down from his position on the Division for Schooling as a part of an exodus of ministers from former Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s authorities in July, saying that he may not serve him as a minister when he couldn’t defend the choices and errors that had been made.
He had initially supported Kemi Badenoch to exchange Johnson as PM.
Mr Burghart has been an elected Conservative MP for Brentwood and Ongar since June 2017. He was additionally previously a particular adviser to Theresa Might throughout her time as Prime Minister.
He served as Parliamentary Non-public Secretary to Boris Johnson through the first Johnson ministry in 2019 till September 2021.
Mr Burghart began his profession in training, instructing historical past at Warwick Faculty earlier than turning into a historical past tutor at King’s School London.
He studied historical past at Christ Church School Oxford and accomplished a PhD at King’s School London. He has written extensively about early medieval England.
He was a member of the board of Yarlington Housing Group, was a governor at Queensmill Faculty for kids with autism, and has written for the Spectator, the Instances Literary Complement and the Night Commonplace.