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Tatton MP lands top job at Department for Work and Pensions

Tatton MP Esther McVey heading for the top job at DWP Credit: PA

The former television presenter Esther McVey has landed the top job at the Department for Work and Pensions.

The job was first offered to Justine Greening but she turned it down and has resigned from the cabinet. Click here for more.

Ms McVey is a popular figure on the right of the Conservative Party who is sometimes talked about as a future leader. She's from Liverpool and used to work as a presenter at GMTV.

She made her first steps towards a political career in 2005 when she unsuccessfully fought the Wirral West seat which she then went on to narrowly win five years later.

Ms McVey was quickly identified as a rising star and helped oversee benefit reform in former party leader Iain Duncan Smith’s department.

In the 2015 election Ms McVey lost her seat after a bitter local campaign.

However, she made a return to Parliament in 2017 when she won George Osborne’s old seat Tatton in Cheshire.

Esther McVey offered DWP after it was turned down by Justine Greening who's resigned from the cabinet Credit: PA

Esther McVey to run for Osborne's Tatton seat

The former Wirral West MP will stand in Tatton after George Osborne announced he will not stand for re-election on June 8. Credit: Twitter/@EstherMcVey1

Esther McVey has been selected as the Conservative party candidate in the Tatton constituency in Cheshire after the former Chancellor George Osborne announced he will not seek re-election on June 8th.

He announced he will quit in order to concentrate on his new job as editor of the London Evening Standard newspaper. Mr Osborne takes up the post next month.


Esther McVey: 'This is just how democracy works'

Conservative politician Esther McVey says she did her best despite losing her Wirral West seat to Labour candidate Margaret Greenwood.

There were just a few hundred votes between the two candidates.

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Wirral West MP tipped for promotion in reshuffle

Esther Mcvey MP with Prime Minister David Cameron Credit: PA

The MP for Wirral West Esther Mcvey is widely tipped for promotion as the Prime Minister begins his cabinet reshuffle. The former TV presenter was elected in 2010 and currently works in the Department for Work and Pensions as the Minister for Disabled People.

The Prime Minister is believed to be keen to see more females in the higher ranks of his government, and to promote more Northerners. Mcvey has impressed senior cabinet members with her robust defence of the government's benefit changes in a series of media appearances over the last 12 months.