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Health, Science and Business Ministers announced

By July 9, 2024No Comments

It will likely not have escaped members’ attention that the UK has a new Government. Since taking office last Friday, Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer has spent the weekend and the early part of this week assembling his cabinet and ministerial team.

The cabinet is largely unchanged from its time in opposition, with Wes Streeting, Peter Kyle and Jonathan Reynolds ascending to the positions of Secretary of State for Health and Social Care; Secretary of State for Science, Research and Innovation; and Secretary of State for Business and Trade, respectively. However, there are some new faces among their ministerial teams.

While Karin Smyth remains a Health Minister, Stephen Kinnock has moved to the Health team from his shadow immigration brief.

The Department for Science, Research and Innovation has seen a couple of changes. The Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser during the pandemic, Patrick Vallance, has been given a peerage to allow him to perform the role of Minister for Science. This is a bold move which brings broad expertise to the department. Chris Bryant has also been appointed as minister in the department.

Jonathan Reynold’s Business and Trade team comprises two newly elected MPs. The vastly experienced Douglas Alexander, a cabinet member under previous Labour Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, has been appointed minister in the department alongside Croydon West MP Sarah Jones.

Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner, who has chaired the APPG for Life Sciences for many years, has been made a minister in the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. BIVDA will be working alongside our trade association colleagues to re-establish the APPG in the new Parliament with a new Chair.

Changes are still ongoing and we are curious to see who else joins Wes Streeting’s new team. In addition, we await news on whether Chi Onwurah, who was Shadow Science, Research and Innovation Minister and an active advocate for the life sciences industry, remains in place in the new Government.

Specific ministerial briefs have yet to be announced and we will update members in the coming weeks following official confirmation.

Ben Kemp