Greg Hands Rejoins Government in Surprise Move

Local MP made minister at the Department of International Trade

Greg Hands MP
Greg Hands MP

Chelsea and Fulham MP Greg Hands has been appointed as Minister for Trade Policy at the Department of International Trade.

The appointment by Prime Minister Liz Truss was something of a surprise as Mr Hands was a vocal supporter of Rishi Sunak in the Conservative leadership contest.

Some observers interpreted the move as an attempt by the PM to broaden her base of support in the party. It came before she was forced to sack the Chancellor of the Exchequer, her close ally Kwasi Kwarteng.

Greg Hands after the appointment on Sunday 9 October, “It is a fantastic role that I have been fortunate to have held twice before, under both Rt Hon Theresa May MP and the Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP. The Minister of State for Trade Policy supports the Secretary of State for International Trade to secure free trade agreements (FTAs), trade remedies, market access strategy and union policy. The Minister also sits as an advisor on the Board of Trade.

“It is great to be working with Secretary of State, the Rt Hon Kemi Badenoch MP, her ministerial team as well as our brilliantly dedicated trade officials who help make everything happen.

“It has been an enjoyable first few days back at the department. I have held meetings with officials both from the United States and Chile on furthering our trading relationship with both countries and attended the reopening of Battersea Power Station”

He was previously a Minister of State at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy between 16 September 2021 and 7 September 2022.

He served as Minister of State for Trade Policy in the Department for International Trade from 13 February 2020 to 15 September 2021 and Minister of State in the Department for International Trade from 2016 to 2018.

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October 17, 2022