MP to be aide to cabi­net min­is­ter

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - UK & World Update -

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.”

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