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Plymouth Moor View MP Johnny Mercer to head-up new Government department for veterans

Johnny Mercer has been the MP for Plymouth Moor View since 2015. Credit: PA images

Plymouth Moor View MP Johnny Mercer has been given a new role in Government to improve the lives of veterans in the UK.

The prominent Tory backbencher, who is also a former soldier, backed Boris Johnson's successful bid to become Prime Minister.

He will now head-up a new Government department, working jointly with the MoD and Cabinet Office, to oversee veterans' affairs.

His official title will be Minister for Defence People and Veterans.

He will be working alongside MP Oliver Dowden who has also been chosen as the Minister to represent veterans in Cabinet.

They will drive policy on veterans’ welfare, mental and physical health, education and employment.

In a statement, the Plymouth Moor View MP said he was 'delighted' with his new role:

For the first time in its history, the UK Government will have an Office for Veterans’ Affairs to pull together all functions of government to ensure that when our Armed Forces personnel leave service, they are looked after in the manner that they deserve.

I am delighted with this role, and am resolutely determined to reset this country’s relationship with her veterans. I entered parliament to do precisely this; I am grateful for the opportunity this Prime Minister has given me to do this, and I look forward to getting on with the task at hand.

– Minister for Defence, People and Veterans Johnny Mercer