By Simon Smedley • 07 February 2023 • 12:47
New UK Conservative Party chairman Greg Hands.
Picture courtesy of Facebook
Mr Hands, seen as a firm ally of UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, is replacing Nadhim Zahawi who was sacked by the PM just over a week ago.
In total there have been five new appointments announced as part of the PM’s mini-reshuffle.
• Grant Shapps – Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero
• Kemi Badenoch – Secretary of State for Business and Trade
• Lucy Frazer – Secretary of State for Culture, Media, and Sport
• Michelle Donelan – Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology
• Greg Hands – new Tory Party chairman
In addition, the Prime Minister has announced the creation of four new Government departments this morning, Tuesday, February 7.
According to a Tweet from the PM, “These departments will ensure the right skills and teams are delivering for the British people.”
The departments are that for Energy, Security and Net Zero, and the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology.
There will also now be a Department for Business and Trade, and a new Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
New Conservative Party Chairman Mr Hands, the Conservative MP for Chelsea & Fulham, Tweeted: “I am excited to be asked by Rishi Sunak
to be Chairman of the Conservatives.
“I joined the Party in 1986 – a ward chairman in 1992, a councillor in 1998, a Group Leader in 1999, an MP in 2005, a Minister in 2011 – an honour to chair it in 2023!
“The work starts right away.”
Mr Sunak has been seeking a new party chairman for more than a week now, following the departure of Mr Zahawi.
The prime minister sacked Mr Zahawi after an investigation by Sir Laurie Magnus, the independent adviser on ministers’ interests, concluded that he had breached the ministerial code by failing to be transparent about the multimillion-pound settlement with HM Revenue and Customs reached while he was chancellor, which included paying a penalty.
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