Damian Green new minister for procurement
Damian Green has been announced as the new minister for the Cabinet Office.
The role includes the position of paymaster general and covers government procurement and public sector efficiency and reform.
Green was appointed in prime minister Theresa May’s post-election cabinet reshuffle and replaces Ben Gummer, who had held the post for just under a year. Gummer was one of several cabinet ministers to lose their seats in last week’s election.
A spokesman for the Cabinet Office said Green was still familiarising himself with his new brief and that as of yet no policy positions had been announced.
Theresa May lost her parliamentary majority in last week’s election, leading to predictions that the UK would be less able to push back on EU concessions during the Brexit negotiations.
MP for Ashford since 1997, Green has held a number of front bench roles for the Conservative Party. Between 2001 and 2010 he served as shadow secretary of state for education, shadow secretary of state for transport, and shadow minister for immigration.
He also served as minister for policing, criminal justice and victims, minister of state for education and secretary of state for work and pensions.
During his time as minister for policing, from 2012 to 2014, Green sought to increase private sector involvement in policing to improve efficiency and reduce the time officers spent on back-office functions. The police force was criticised during Green’s tenure for losing money through fragmented procurement, with forces across the country paying different prices for the same items.
Green came out as a Remainer during the Brexit referendum campaign, but voted in favour of triggering Article 50, which started the official process of leaving the EU. He has voted consistently to lower corporation tax and in favour of HS2, according to figures collated by TheyWorkForYou.com.
Before becoming an MP Green was a business and financial journalist and worked for the BBC, Channel 4 and The Times. In his first attempt at becoming an MP he lost to Labour’s Ken Livingston in Brent East by 5,971 votes during the 1992 election.