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Brendan Clarke-Smith and Andrea Jenkyns become DfE ministers

New ministers fill vacancies left by a wave of resignations this week, but portfolios yet to be confirmed

New ministers fill vacancies left by a wave of resignations this week, but portfolios yet to be confirmed

Boris Johnson loyalists Brendan Clarke-Smith and Andrea Jenkyns have been appointed junior ministers at the Department for Education.

But portfolios for the new ministers have not yet been confirmed.

The DfE’s ministerial team was turned upside down this week as ministers across government resigned in protest over Boris Johnson’s leadership earlier this week.

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Jenkyns

Robin Walker resigned as schools minister and Alex Burghart resigned as minister for skills on Wednesday.

Will Quince also resigned on Wednesday as a junior minister responsible for children and families, but returned to the promoted position of minister of state on Thursday night following Boris Johnson’s resignation.

James Cleverly replaced Michelle Donelan, who resigned after just 35 hours in post, as education secretary.

The appointments of new junior ministers today, and the return of Quince yesterday, now means nearly all vacancies have been filled.

Confirmation of individual ministerial portfolios is expected over the coming days.

Clarke-Smith became the MP for the Nottinghamshire constituency of Bassetlaw in 2019. He’s the first conservative to represent the seat since 1929.

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Clarke-Smith

He has no experience as a minister but clocked up five months as a member of the House of Commons education committee and was on the skills and post 16 education bill committee.

He holds a PGCE and taught, and later ran, an international school in Romania.

Jenkyns took the Morley and Outwood constituency from the former Labour education secretary Ed Balls in the 2015 general election.

She has worked in government as an assistant whip since September 2021.

Footage shared on social media appears to show Jenkyns raising a middle finger at protesters outside Downing Street yesterday.

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