Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and the Border, has been made a junior minister in David Cameron's new government.
He'll take up the role of Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Many MPs are using the summer recess to fly off on holiday to get a break. But one of our MPs has taken a plane straight to Iraq instead, to see for himself the war and suffering spread by Islamic militants.
Penrith and the Border's Rory Stewart is Chair of Parliament's Defence Committee and has spoken to ITV News from Irbil, where he's gathering vital information.
Our Political Correspondent Paul Brand reports:
The MP for Penrith and The Border, Rory Stewart, is in Iraq gathering information, as the humanitarian crisis there deepens.
The Conservative MP chairs the Defence Select Committee in Parliament. He's monitoring the situation in the Kurdish city of Irbil.
Penrith and the Borders MP, Rory Stewart, is in Iraq on a fact finding mission as the humanitarian crisis there deepens.
He's warning that the UK needs to understand the situation better before taking more action.
Richard Wilson reports.
Cumbrian MP Rory Stewart is in Iraq on a fact finding mission as the humanitarian crisis there deepens.
Mr Stewart is the first British MP to go out to the country since the current crisis began
Islamic extremist forces have taken over control of much of the north of the country and have been accused of atrocities.
The MP for Penrith and the Border is now with the Iraqi army on the front line, about 45 miles from the town of Irbil. Pam Royle spoke to him by phone and asked him what conditions are like where he is.
Penrith and the Border MP Rory Stewart will spend this Saturday night sleeping in one of the highest and coldest places in England to raise awareness of Cumbria Community Foundation’s Winter Warmth Appeal.
He'll be joined by CCF's Chief Executive Andy Beeforth and supported by members of Penrith Mountain Rescue Team. They're hoping it will encourage people to sign up for a similar challenge 'The Big Sleep' in a field beside the Low Wood Hotel, Windermere, on Saturday 15 February.
A public meeting is taking place to relaunch a campaign to de-trunk the A69 road between Brampton and Carlisle.
Local MPs John Stevenson and Rory Stewart will attend the meeting in Warwick Bridge to add their weight to the campaign.
For decades there has been talk of de-trunking the road, which literally splits the communties of Corby Hill and Warwick Bridge.