Wales politics

MP Stephen Crabb wins Wales Office promotion

Stephen Crabb
Image caption Stephen Crabb has been an MP since 2005

Preseli Pembrokeshire MP Stephen Crabb has been appointed as a junior minister in the Wales Office.

He fills the post vacated by David Jones who was promoted from the department's number two slot to replace Cheryl Gillan as Welsh secretary.

Mr Crabb keeps his role as a Conservative whip in the government reshuffle.

The Tories' leader in the assembly Andrew RT Davies welcomed the appointment.

Mr Davies said: "Stephen is an incredibly capable MP and I am delighted that this appointment has been made.

"I know he has performed extremely well in his role as a government whip and today's announcement is a natural step forward.

"With yesterday's appointment of David Jones as Welsh secretary, the Wales Office is superbly placed to maintain the hard work and determination we have seen in recent years."

Clwyd West MP Mr Jones was promoted in David Cameron's first major reshuffle since forming the coalition government in 2010.

Former Welsh secretary Cheryl Gillan has returned to the backbenches.

Mr Crabb was elected to parliament in 2005 and was re-elected at the last general election.

He grew up in Haverfordwest in his constituency and is married to Beatrice. They have two young children.

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