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Prime Minister Boris Johnson given MPs Helen Whately and Kelly Tolhurst new jobs in government

Two MPs have been given new jobs in a government reshuffle.

The Prime Minister has promoted Helen Whately, representative for Faversham and Mid Kent, to health and social care minister.

Faversham and Mid Kent MP Helen Whately
Faversham and Mid Kent MP Helen Whately

The politician was formerly the under-secretary for the arts, heritage and tourism.

In her new role she will assist the Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock, the only figure more senior in the department.

On Twitter she said: "Sad to be moving on from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and all the great people I've been working with... and all the exciting and important things we've been working on.

"Completely delighted to be appointed Minister of State in the Department of Health and Social Care. Looking forward to working with Secretary of State Matt Hancock and all the brilliant people in the department and the NHS and social care. Can’t wait to get going."

She will be joined by Ashford-born Edward Argar, MP for Charnwood, in Leicestershire.

Listen to the KentOnline's politics podcast break down the Cabinet re-shuffle and what it could mean for Kent

Kelly Tolhurst, of Rochester and Strood, will also be switching up offices from her previous job as under-secretary for small business, consumers and corporate responsibility.

She will be in the same position but within the Department for Transport.

The reshuffle was the first since Boris Johnson was elected.

Several senior cabinet members, including the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid, business secretary Andrea Leadsom and minister Esther McVey, left the government after the changes.

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