MP Chris loses Ministerial role in reshuffle

March 24 2020

CHRIS Skidmore has said he has been promoted “to be a better dad” after being sacked from the Government.

MP Chris loses Ministerial role in reshuffle

The Kingswood MP’s former job as Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation was abolished in Boris Johnson’s February reshuffle, with the brief now being split into two roles.

The Voice asked Mr Skidmore, who has been MP for Kingswood since 2010 and was re-elected with an increased majority last December, to comment on his departure from the government.

He has not replied but has wished his successors – junior education minister Michelle Donelan and junior business, energy and industrial strategy minister Amanda Solloway – good luck on Twitter, where he also published pictures of himself enjoying time with his children. In one he described his new role as ‘minister for bathtime in the Skidmore household.

Mr Skidmore said: “Got a promotion in the #reshuffle to be a better Dad with more time to spend with this gorgeous little one...Thanks everyone who I’ve had the chance to work with and the civil service teams that have supported me – you have all been amazing.”

Mr Skidmore and his wife Lydia have three children:  Clemmie,Henry and baby Ottilie, who was born during the general election campaign last year. 

The biggest shock of the reshuffle was the departure of Chancellor Sajid Javid, who quit after being given the choice of sacking his team of advisers or resigning.

Mr Javid, 50, grew up in Bristol and in the early 80s attended Stockwell Hill Comprehensive, which became Downend School.

He said: “It has been a privilege to serve as Chancellor. The Prime Minister and government will continue to have my full support from the backbenches.”