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Sleaford and North Hykeham MP Caroline Johnson lands role at Treasury

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Sleaford and North Hykeham MP Caroline Johnson has been appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Treasury.

The Conservative MP’s promotion comes just over one year after she was first elected to Parliament in the December 2016 by-election, triggered by the resignation of Stephen Phillips.

Dr Johnson increased her majority at the 2017 general election to over 25,000.

The role of a PPS is unpaid but is seen as the first step in gaining experience in government.

She said: “I look forward to working closely with the Chancellor and ministerial team on issues to do with Treasury policy, including the Budget, and I am delighted at the chance to get stuck in on this vital area of the government’s work.”

Her promotion is the latest in a series of Westminster moves for Lincolnshire MPs over the last 12 months.

Louth and Horncastle MP Victoria Atkins became the first Conservative MP elected in 2015 to secure a ministerial position, having been appointed as a junior Home Office minister in November.

Her constituency neighbour, Boston and Skegness MP Matt Warman, secured a role as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Culture Secretary shortly after the general election in June.

Labour MP for Lincoln, Karen Lee, has also had a busy few months, having first been appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, and more recently as Shadow Fire Minister.

Moving the other way, South Holland and the Deepings MP John Hayes left his role as Transport Minister in Theresa May’s reshuffle this January.