North Oxfordshire MP Victoria Prentis has been appointed a Minister of State in the Department for Work and Pensions.
Victoria had been Minister of State for Farming, Fisheries and Food in the Department for Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
Speaking on her new appointment, Victoria said:
“I am honoured to have been appointed Minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions by the Prime Minister.
We know we will face challenges this winter. Having chaired the cross-government taskforce for feeding the vulnerable during the pandemic, I saw first-hand the importance of targeted support.
I look forward to working with the new Secretary of State, Chloe Smith, and colleagues across government to ensure that we deliver support to those who need it.
It has been a great privilege to serve in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Farming and the environment will always be a major part of my life.
I am very proud to have taken through the Agriculture Act & Fisheries Act, and to have launched the first ever Government Food Strategy. I am confident that our agricultural transition will put UK food security on a new sustainable footing.
I’d like to thank my dedicated officials and colleagues at Defra for their support over the past two and a half years, and wish them well.
I am looking forward to continuing to serve my constituents in North Oxfordshire and getting to grips with my new brief at DWP in the weeks ahead.”
North Oxfordshire Conservative Association wishes Victoria the very best in her new role.