Change of Government Minister – January 2018

Esther McVey has been appointed the new Secretary of State for Work & Pensions. She has replaced David Gauke who has moved to the Justice Department after only a few months in post.

A former daytime television presenter, Esther McVey became unpopular during her previous time in the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) for justifying harsh cuts to benefits for disabled people. She also helped with the introduction of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP).  She was a prominent defender of the system of benefit sanctions, the spread of food banks and the flexibility of zero-hour contracts.

Sarah Newton MP is still the Minister of State for Disabled People, Health & Work at the DWP. Esther McVey is her boss.  If you look at her voting record, Sarah Newton has consistently voted for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits. She has generally voted against laws to promote equality and human rights.

If you would like to contact Esther McVay or Sarah Newton about their policies then you can contact them here:

Esther McVay:

Sarah Newton:




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