Who is Thérèse Coffey? New Work and Pensions Secretary appointed by Boris Johnson to replace Amber Rudd

Who is Thérèse Coffey? New Work and Pensions Secretary appointed by Boris Johnson to replace Amber Rudd

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BORIS Johnson has appointed Thérèse Coffey as the new Work and Pensions Secretary following the resignation of Amber Rudd.

So who is the MP for Suffolk Coastal and former Environment Minister?

Therese Coffey has been appointed as Work and Pensions Secretary after the resignation of Amber Rudd
PA:Press Association

Why did Amber Rudd resign?

Amber Rudd quit the Cabinet and the Tory party on Saturday September 7 in protest over the expulsion of Remainer rebels and frustrations over Brexit.

The former Work and Pensions Secretary said she could no longer stand by as “good, loyal, moderate Conservatives” are kicked out of the party.

In her resignation letter, Ms Rudd — a staunch Remainer — said she joined the Cabinet in good faith accepting that No Deal had to be on the table to help clinch improved departure terms.

But she wrote: “However, I no longer believe that leaving with a deal is the Government’s main objective.”

Pals say she had become increasingly uneasy over the new PM’s hardline stance.

The final straw came when he expelled 21 senior MPs for siding with Labour to force him to abandon the threat of leaving without a deal and to delay Brexit at least until February.

Ms Rudd vowed to fight the next election as an independent Conservative but away from her Leave-voting seat of Hastings and Rye, where she has a tiny minority of just 346.

She joins a growing list of ex-Tory big guns in the Commons, including ­former Chancellor Philip Hammond and ex- Justice Secretary David Gauke.

Announcing her resignation, Ms Rudd accused the PM of an “assault on democracy”.

She also gave an interview to the Sunday Times in which she claimed she had seen “no evidence” the government was seriously trying to get an EU deal.

Who is her replacement Thérèse Coffey?

Ms Coffey was born in 1971 in Billinge, Lancashire, and grew up in Liverpool.

She graduated from UCL with a PhD in Chemistry.

The 47-year-old was elected in 2010 as the Conservative MP for Suffolk Coastal, becoming the constituency’s first female member of parliament.

She is a former deputy Commons leader and was appointed as Minister for the Environment by Theresa May.

She backed Remain during the EU referendum in 2016.

What is Thérèse’s career so far?

Her campaigns include stopping the A14 toll, improving NHS experience for patients, better broadband, a fairer share of funding, preventing coastal and estuary erosion, rail improvements and improving skills and education.

Coffey recommended pensioners should be forced to pay National Insurance in a paper for the Free Enterprise Group.

The paper provoked a backlash among older constituents, who claimed that in an already tough economic environment, it was wrong to tax pensioners further.

However, she said that she had “no regrets writing about National Insurance” and that it was “a policy proposal – it is by no means, at this stage, anymore than that.”

Her website describes her interests outside politics as enjoying watching football, gardening and listening to music.

The 47-year-old was elected in 2010 as the Conservative MP for Suffolk Coastal
PA:Press Association


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