1. ITV Report

Yorkshire MP appointed to the Wales Office

Credit: PA

Yorkshire MP Stuart Andrew has been appointed as a junior minister at the Wales Office.

He was brought up on Anglesey and speaks Welsh.

Andrew unsuccessfully contested the parliamentary seat in Wrexham in 1997 but has represented Pudsey since 2010

The role was previously held by Aberconwy MP Guto Bebb, who has been moved to the Ministry of Defence.

Andrew is the first Welsh junior minister without a Welsh seat since 1974, though there have been several Secretaries of State with English seats.

I am delighted to welcome Stuart Andrew to the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales. I've worked with him over many years so I know that he will be an excellent champion for Wales within Whitehall and a fantastic representative for the UK Government in Wales.

– Alun Cairns MP, Secretary of State for Wales