Paul Maynard MP, 47, has been appointed as the brand new Pensions Minister on the Division for Work and Pensions.
His official title is Parliamentary Beneath Secretary of State and he replaces earlier Pensions Minister Laura Trott who been promoted to be Chief Secretary to the Treasury within the authorities’s newest Cupboard reshuffle.
Mr Maynard has been an MP for the reason that 2010 election, representing the constituency of Blackpool North and Cleveleys. He has beforehand been a authorities whip and minister on the Division for Transport and the Ministry of Justice.
He was Parliamentary Beneath Secretary of State on the Division for Transport between July 2019 and February 2020, having beforehand served in the identical function from July 2016 to January 2018.
He was briefly Parliamentary Beneath Secretary of State on the Ministry of Justice between Might 2019 and July 2019. Earlier than that he was authorities whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury).
Earlier than turning into an MP Mr Maynard labored as a political adviser and speechwriter. He labored as an adviser to the Tory MP Liam Fox and as a speechwriter for William Hague, when he was chief of the opposition.
In Parliament Mr Maynard has campaigned on a variety of points, comparable to conserving gas costs low and incapacity points.
He suffers from gentle cerebral palsy and accused rival MPs of mocking his incapacity on the Home of Commons in 2012. On his private weblog he wrote: “I’ve cerebral palsy. It’s very gentle, and doesn’t actually have an effect on how I reside. It most likely impacts the best way some individuals see me, and there’ll all the time be individuals who write you off due to it – however I’ve by no means allow them to cease me.”
He says he was impressed to enter politics by former Premier Margaret Thatcher. He wrote: “Ever since Mrs Thatcher visited the particular college I attended in Winsford, Cheshire, on the age of 4, politics has all the time held a sure fascination for me.”
He stated he went to the particular college for some intensive physio, earlier than transferring to the native village major college two years later.
He added: “By the point I reached 21, I had received myself a firstclass diploma from Oxford and began a profession in administration consultancy. Politics then seduced me but once more and I labored for Dr Liam Fox as speechwriter and adviser.”
The function of Pensions Minister has turn into turn into a short-term one in some current years. Laura Trott lasted simply 383 days within the submit, however that was significantly greater than the earlier incumbent. Alex Burghart lasted simply 37 days after being appointed by former PM Liz Truss on 20 September 2022 and dropping the function on 27 October 2022.
Pensions Administration Institute President Robert Wakefield stated: “We congratulate Mr Maynard on his new function and need him each success. We additionally want to congratulate Laura Trott on her appointment to her new function.
“Mr Maynard involves the function at a vital time. The absence of a Pensions Invoice within the King’s Speech has left a variety of points unresolved, and we’d welcome a possibility for an early assembly with Mr Maynard to debate the route of pensions coverage over the remainder of this Parliament. We’re positive Mr Maynard will rise to the thrilling problem of his new place and ensure that we’d be delighted to supply our help to him.”