MP to be aide to cabinet minister
PETERBOROUGH’S MP has been given a new role as a Parliamentary aide to a cabinet minister.
MP Stewart Jackson has been appointed by Prime Minister David Cameron as the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Owen Paterson, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.
A Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) is a role given to an MP by a senior minister in government. They act as an assistant and help track backbench opinion in the House of Commons.
As a last resort, a PPS may stand in for the minister. This will only happen in exceptional circumstances and must be justified by the minister in charge of the department.
A PPS is not paid extra on top of their salary as an MP.
Mr Jackson said: “It is an unexpected but interesting appointment and I am looking forward to being involved in Northern Irish politics at such a fascinating and important time in the life of the new coalition government.
“The role will involve keeping the lines of communication open between the Rt Hon Owen Paterson and ministers and backbenchers in the House of Commons. I will be answering questions and giving statements on his behalf, as well as advising him on what he is doing and how he is coming across.”
However, he added: “First and foremost my constituency will take priority and having a community role in Peterborough will remain very much an important part of my role.”