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Image: Richard Townshend; Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Amanda Solloway and Michelle Donelan backed the Remain vote, but later voted against EU citizens’ rights

Michelle Donelan and Amanda Solloway have been welcomed to the sector by many since their appointments as universities minister and science minister respectively. But there is some scepticism about how much oversight each minister will hold over two jobs that were once one, especially as both are relative newcomers to frontline politics, being first elected as MPs in 2015. 

Solloway (pictured left), now confirmed as science minister at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy after days of delay, began her career in retail management, for Sainsbury’s. She later became a parliamentary private secretary to the minister of state for Department of International Development and has publicly campaigned for greater mental health awareness.

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