Amber Rudd, the former Home Secretary, has returned to the Cabinet as the new Secretary of State for Work & Pensions. Rudd resigned as Home Secretary in April, following accusations that she had misled the Home Affairs Select Committee during a hearing on the Windrush scandal. She also previously served as Minister for Women & Equalities and Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change. Her appointment to DWP comes following the resignation of Esther McVey.
Rudd has served as MP for Hastings & Rye since 2010 and worked in financial services in her early career. She is a former Trustee of the Snowdon Trust, a charity which supports the educational and vocational needs of people with disabilities. Her voting record in Parliament has generally followed a tough line on welfare. She has predominantly voted against raising welfare benefits and jobs guarantees for young people.
With a lengthy ministerial career already under her belt, Rudd will no doubt play formidable role in the ongoing roll out of Universal Credit, and in addressing DWP’s other wider priorities.