Bury MP becomes health secretary’s PPS

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Bury St Edmunds MP Jo Churchill has been appointed parliamentary private secretary (PPS) to health secretary Jeremy Hunt.

It is her second post as a PPS, having been appointed as one to Mike Penning, minister of state for armed forces, in July 2016.

She said: “It is a huge honour to be appointed to this position and I am very much looking forward to working with Jeremy and the whole team at the Department of Health.

“Serving the health and care needs of everyone across England and Wales is vitally important and it is an absolute priority of this Government.

“I am looking forward to the forthcoming opportunity to serve the interests of the British public as a parliamentary private secretary, as well as continuing to work hard in the interest of my Bury St Edmunds constituency.”

A PPS is an unpaid assistant to a Minister, selected from backbench MPs to be the ‘eyes and ears’ of the minister in the House of Commons.

They are not regarded as a member of the Government and cannot speak in Parliament on its behalf from the front bench.

The Ministerial Code states that PPSs are expected to support the Government of the day, including voting with the Government in divisions and any PPS who does not do so must resign the post.