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Grant Shapps gets business brief and Gillian Keegan gets education


Former transport secretary takes charge at Beis, while ex-foreign minister becomes state secretary for education

The UK’s new prime minister Rishi Sunak has appointed Grant Shapps as secretary of state at the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy department.

Shapps will take over from Jacob Rees-Mogg who resigned earlier today. Shapps was briefly home secretary in the final days of Liz Truss’s prime ministership. He previously served as state secretary for transport.

Meanwhile, Gillian Keegan will take over as education secretary from Kit Malthouse, who departed today. 

She was previously a minister at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, and before that at the Department of Health and Social Care. She also served as minister for apprenticeships and skills between 2020 and 2021.

Commenting on the appointment of Keegan as the new education secretary, Baker Dearing Educational Trust chief executive Simon Connell said: “We welcome Rishi Sunak’s appointment as prime minister and Gillian Keegan’s appointment as education secretary.

“As former skills minister and apprentice, she understands the need to invest in young people to ensure they have the qualifications, skills, attitudes and aptitudes to be successful in the world of work.”

The cabinet reshuffle is still ongoing.