West Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin has been promoted from Parliamentary Under-secretary of State for procurement at the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s number two with the title Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and Department for International Development (DfID).
Speaking about the appointment, Mrs Baldwin said: “I’m obviously delighted to be promoted into the new role working as a Minister of State across the Foreign Office and the Department for International Development. I look forward to working on behalf of Global Britain, using our soft power to further peace and security at home and abroad. “
The Department for International Development Kenya Head, Pete Vowles, took to Twitter to welcome Mrs Baldwin, adding: “We are looking forward to working with you and taking our work in Africa to the next level.”
— Pete Vowles 🇰🇪🇬🇧 (@PeteVowles) January 10, 2018
The 57-year-old MP replaces Rory Stewart who has moved to become Minister of State at the Department of Justice in Prime Minister Theresa May’s latest reshuffle.
Harriett Baldwin was elected to the safe Conservative seat of West Worcestershire following the retirement of Michael Spicer at the 2010 general election. During the coalition government headed by David Cameron, she was a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee until she was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister for Employment at the Department of Work and Pensions in 2012.
She has served both as vice-chair on the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Occupational Pensions and vice-chair and chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Russia, leaving both APPGs in 2014. Mrs Baldwin has also represented the UK in the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and was appointed to become the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Russia before joining the Government in February 2014 as Assistant Government Whip. In the Government reshuffle of July 2014 she was promoted to the role of Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury.
After the 2015 election of a Conservative government, again with David Cameron as Prime Minister, she was promoted to Economic Secretary to the Treasury (City Minister).
In July 2016, Baldwin was appointed as the Parliamentary Under Secretary at the Ministry of Defence as part of the Government reshuffle by new Prime Minister Theresa May before her latest promotion to Minister of State at the Foreign Office.
She has a son and two step-daughters with husband Jim Baldwin.