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Hurd remains fire and police minister

10 January 2018

NICK HURD has been re-appointed as minister for policing and the fire and rescue service following a cabinet reshuffle.

Prime minister Theresa May announced the reshuffle following two resignations and one sacking from her cabinet in the last two months. The only high-profile casualty was former education secretary Justine Greening who resigned from the government after turning down the role work and pensions secretary.

Hurd was reappointed minister for policing and the fire and rescue service, a post he was initially handed in June 2017, replacing Brandon Lewis who has now been named Conservative Party chairman. 

Hurd is no stranger to cabinet roles as in November 2015 he was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for international development following the resignation of Grant Shapps MP. In July 2016, he was appointed Minister of State with responsibility for Industry and Climate change at the newly created Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

He has also spent time in the shadow cabinet as Opposition Whip until his appointment as Shadow Minister for Charities, Social Enterprise and Volunteering in October 2008. 

Speaking on his re-appointment, Hurd posted on Twitter: “Delighted to be reappointed as Minister of State for Policing and Fire Service. Critical public services in every community, which need both support and challenge.”

Hurd will continue to report to home secretary Amber Rudd. Following the announcements, prime minister Theresa May said: “This government is about building a country fit for the future – one that truly works for everyone with a stronger economy and a fairer society.

“This reshuffle helps us do just that by bringing fresh talent into government, boosting delivery in key policy areas like housing, health and social care, and ensuring the government looks more like the country it serves.

“It also allows a new generation of gifted ministers to step up and make life better for people across the whole UK.”