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Guildford’s MP Misses Out On Cabinet Post – Again

Rt Hon Anne Milton MP

Guildford’s MP Anne Milton missed out on a cabinet post in yesterday’s (January 8, 2017) reshuffle, which some have described as “shambolic” after Jeremy Hunt, the MP for neighbouring Surrey South West, appeared to refuse to be moved from his role as Secretary of State for Health.

There had been widespread press speculation that former nurse Milton, 62, was in line for the job. She is currently the Minister of State for Skills and Apprenticeships and Minister for Women.

Anne Milton as a nurse. This photo
is believed to have been taken in
1978 when she was 22-years-old.

Press reports in The Daily Express, The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail, The Times, The Sun and The Metro suggested that Prime Minister Theresa May intended to improve the gender balance in the cabinet by promoting more women to cabinet roles. The 21-strong Cabinet only had five female members. Post reshuffle it is reported that cabinet meetings will be attended by ten women but not all in full cabinet posts.

There is feeling, in some quarters, that Ms Milton was unfortunate to miss out on the promotion when her successor as deputy chief whip, Julian Smith was given the chief whip’s job, a cabinet role, when Gavin Williamson was promoted to be Defence Secretary.

Healthcare is known to be a particular passion of Milton who trained as a nurse at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London and worked in the NHS for 25 years in a variety of roles.

During the 2010-2015 parliament, she served as parliamentary under-secretary at the Department of Health as a junior minister for public health. Despite a public brave face, she was believed to have been disappointed when moved from this job to become a government whip.

Before the reshuffle, Milton downplayed the press speculation. She told The Guildford Dragon NEWS: “I think the only thing I can say is that there is always a lot of press speculation but often based on little real information.”

Michael Gove, the MP for Surrey Heath which covers the three Ash borough council wards of Guildford Borough, remains as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

The reshuffle at junior minister level continues today.

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One Response to Guildford’s MP Misses Out On Cabinet Post – Again

  1. Lisa Wright Reply

    January 10, 2018 at 6:02 am

    We mustn’t assume that promotions are always wanted or desired.

    Our society dictates that we must aim for higher and strive to earn more but maybe that’s not the best for everyone.

    If you like your job, it pays ok, stretches you mentally and it’s reasonable hours why would you consider a change?

    Happiness is more important than titles, money and more stress.

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