AN MP who went into politics after being inspired by his family's experience of fostering children has become the new Government minister responsible for youngsters in care.
Edward Timpson, who represents Crewe and Nantwich, said today he felt 'very lucky and very proud' after landing the promotion in this week's Government reshuffle. He will be overseeing England's care system, from support for looked after children through to improving the adoption process.
Mr Timpson grew up around youngsters in care as his parents fostered almost 90 children over three decades.
He said: "I am delighted to have been made minister for a policy area that I care so deeply about."
He is one of several local MPs to win promotions.
Owen Paterson, whose North Shropshire constituency covers Market Drayton, is the new Environment Secretary.
And Karen Bradley, MP for Staffordshire Moorlands, has been appointed an assistant Government whip. She will help to ensure as many MPs as possible vote on major policies so they become law.
Mrs Bradley said: "This new role will give me the opportunity to represent the people of the Moorlands from within the Government."
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