South Ribble MP Seema Kennedy has been appointed pharmacy minister, replacing Steve Brine who resigned the ministerial post over Brexit policy.
Kennedy, who has campaigned in the past for ‘Remain’, is a newcomer to health, but she has championed the needs of older people and the importance of inclusivity. She is a signatory to the Keep Me Posted campaign, which calls for the continuation of non-digital options in the provision of utilities, financial and other services, she has also campaigned to make local roads safer, and to improve support for older people.
During her time in the Commons, Ms Kennedy has served as Vice Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Apprenticeship.
Prior to joining the health team, Kennedy was parliamentary private secretary to Prime Minister Theresa May with George Hollingbery. Kennedy qualified as a property lawyer before entering politics.