Herefordshire MP leaves Treasury job in Boris Johnson’s reshuffle

A HEREFORDSHIRE MP has left his Treasury job in Boris Johnson’s reshuffle.

Conservative MP Jesse Norman, who has represented Hereford and South Herefordshire since 2010, has left his position as Financial Secretary to the Treasury, a role he had held since 2019 yesterday (September 16).

He has previously held a number of roles including Minister of State for Transport.

Writing on social media, Mr Norman said: “Honoured to step down having served since May 2019 as Financial Secretary to the Treasury.

“The FST works in the centre of the government engine room, and is responsible for HMRC, tax, customs, trade and tariff policy, freeports and much else.

“As FST I managed the Covid furlough, self-employment and other schemes, put in place a 10-year UK tax administration strategy, pushed digitisation ahead, enhanced taxpayer safeguards, strengthened the HMRC board, and recruited a great first chair in Jayne-Ann Gadhia.

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“I put eight pieces of primary legislation onto the statute book, including two Finance Acts, the Covid Contingencies Fund legislation, and only this week the landmark Health and Social Care Levy.

“I pay tribute to the astonishing work of civil servants at HMT and HMRC on all this.

“Finally, I spent much of 2020 supporting my extraordinary wife Kate Bingham in her work on the Vaccine Task Force.

“We worked round the clock in different parts of the same house, with me on furlough, her on vaccines. Someone described us as “Mr Tax and Mrs Vax”

“And, as always, I am honoured beyond measure to serve the people of my constituency and the county of Herefordshire. No human being could ask for better. ”

Mr Norman has been replaced by Lucy Frazer QC, MP for South-East Cambridgeshire.

Hereford Times