Stephen Metcalfe, local MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, has secured a promotion in the latest Government reshuffle.
As well as continuing his normal duties for the local area the MP will now assume the role of Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS’s) to the Secretary of State for Justice, Chris Grayling MP.
Whilst the role offers no salary increase, PPS’s are subject to the Ministerial code and Mr Metcalfe will now be responsible for tracking backbench opinion in Parliament on Justice issues and offering support to both the Secretary of State and the Department in general.
Mr Grayling, who assumed office in 2012, has overall responsibility for the Government’s strategy on criminal justice, cutting crime, penal policy, human rights, and offender rehabilitation.
Mr Metcalfe commented: “I am delighted to have been asked to assume this role and am very much enjoying the challenge of serving in my new capacity.”
“I know that justice, crime, and policing are extremely important issues in South Basildon and East Thurrock and I be working extremely hard to ensure that we continue to make progress in these areas.”