Government Reshuffle Sees New Public Health Minister
Jane Ellison, the Conservative MP for Battersea, has been appointed as the new Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health in the latest government re-shuffle. Miss Ellison was elected to parliament in May 2010 after spending many years as a local councillor in the London Borough of Barnet. As well as a member of the commons Backbench Business Committee, she is co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Retail Group and Vice Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Australia and New Zealand Group. In December 2011 she set up the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Female Genital Mutilation which is supported by over 50 members of Parliament.
Born in Bradford, she read politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University before joining the John Lewis Partnership where she managed the company’s direct marketing service before taking over as manager of the John Lewis in house magazine. As a national trustee of the Sing for Pleasure Charity, she is a keen member of the Parliament choir. Miss Ellison is the third MP to take up the post that was originally occupied by Anne Milton in 2010. Her appointment comes after former Public Health Minister, Anna Soubry, became the first female MP to be named as Defence Minister. Speaking on her official Twitter account Miss Ellison said; ? very honoured to be asked to serve in the Government as a Health Minister. Thanks to all who have sent kind messages.??