PENDLE MP Andrew Stephenson has been named a Minister of State in the Government's Department of Health and Social Care.

Mr Stephenson was appointed new Minister for Health and Secondary Care in Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's cabinet reshuffle earlier this week, which also saw the return of former Prime Minister David Cameron, as Foreign Secretary. 

Mr Stephenson's responsibilities will include areas such as elective care recovery and screening, alongside the fight against major diseases like cancer, diabetes and stroke.

He said; “It was a pleasure to be asked by the Prime Minister to become a Health Minister in this week’s ministerial reshuffle. As an ambulance service first responder for the past nine years, a volunteer vaccinator during the pandemic and someone who has in recent years needed hospital treatment I have seen first-hand the incredible work of NHS staff.

"Helping NHS services recover from the legacy of the pandemic, whilst dealing with winter pressures and the challenges of inflation will not be easy, but it is a challenge I am looking forward to.

"I am also keen to ensure that significant manifesto commitments, such as the pledge to deliver 50,000 nurses and 40 new hospitals remain on track. Especially as one of those 40 new hospitals is Airedale Hospital, Steeton, which is used by so many Colne and West Craven residents."

He added: “Whilst my primary focus has and always will be representing Pendle, it is a privilege to continue to serve in government and hopefully be able to help deliver better health outcomes for people locally and nationally.”