The South Ribble MP will replace Steve Brine, the MP for Winchester and Chandler’s Ford, who resigned last month after voting in favour of a successful cross-party amendment by Sir Oliver Letwin for a series of indicative votes over Brexit.
Ms Kennedy was elected in 2015 and became the parliamentary private secretary (PPS) to the prime minister in 2017, the first woman PPS to a Conservative prime minister. Before becoming invovled in politics she worked as a solicitor.
The Department of Health and Social Care is yet to issue a statement on the appointment to the ministerial health team. However, yesterday, health and social care secretary Matt Hancock tweeted that Ms Kennedy “would be a brilliant part of the DHSC team”.
Huge welcome to our new public health minister @SeemaKennedy – a vital agenda & she’ll be a brilliant part of our DHSC team
— Matt Hancock (@MattHancock) April 4, 2019