Robert Goodwill sacked as children's minister

By Neil Puffett

| 09 January 2018

Children's minister Robert Goodwill has been sacked from his post as Prime Minister Theresa May continues her government reshuffle.

Goodwill was appointed children's minister in June 2017. Picture: DfE

Goodwill, who was in post for little more than six months after replacing Edward Timpson in the role last June, confirmed the news to his local newspaper.

Speaking to the Scarborough News, he said: "I was not shocked as these things happen and it looks like the Prime Minister is wanting to bring in some younger people.

"I have had a good run and I am very proud to have been the first Scarborough MP since the First World War to have served as a minister in government.

"The Prime Minister called me in this morning and complimented me on the job I had done and she has my full support going forward. Not just with regard to Brexit but also to her [legislative] programme."

Nadhim Zahawi has been announced as parliamentary under secretary of state at DfE, although it not yet clear whether he will replace Robert Goodwill as children's minister.

Meanwhile former childcare minister Sam Gyimah has been appointed universities minister, taking over from Jo Johnson, who has been moved to the Department for Transport.

And schools minister Nick Gibb has confirmed that he is set to remain at the DfE.

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