MP will be Boris’s ‘eyes and ears’

Andrew Stephenson MP has been appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to new Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson MP, pictured here at the Alma Inn in Laneshaw Bridge in January 2015 (s)
Andrew Stephenson MP has been appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to new Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson MP, pictured here at the Alma Inn in Laneshaw Bridge in January 2015 (s)

Boris Johnson has appointed Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson as his Parliamentary Private Secretary.

Mr Stephenson expressed his delight at receiving the news and said he was looking forward to working with Mr Johnson, the new Foreign Secretary in PM Theresa May’s government.

He said Pendle would remain his top priority, however, and that his new position would be more “eyes and ears” in the House of Commons rather than clocking up air miles.

Mr Stephenson said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as PPS to Boris Johnson. Representing Pendle will of course remain my top priority, but I am looking forward to working closely with Boris and the incredible team at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

“This is an unpaid role and does not mean that I will be travelling the globe, rather that I’ll be the Foreign Secretary’s eyes of and ears in the House of Commons while he is away on official business.

“I’ll be helping ensure that other MP’s Foreign Office queries and issues are dealt with swiftly and that the Foreign Secretary understands the views of backbench MP’s.

“It is a real honour and a privilege to be appointed and I am looking forward to the challenge ahead.”

Mr Stephenson was previously a PPS to Robert Halfon MP, Minister without Portfolio and Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party and an acting PPS Mike Penning MP, Minister for Policing, Fire and Criminal Justice and Victims, and John Hayes MP, Minister for Security.