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Jane Ellison takes over from Gauke as ‘tax minister’

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A new ‘minister for tax’ has been appointed following the government reshuffle by new prime minister Theresa May.

Jane Ellison, Conservative  MP for Battersea, has been named financial secretary to the Treasury – under which tax policy is likely to come under her remit.

Ellison has served as public health minister for the past three years.

She takes on the Treasury-based remit from David Gauke, following a successful term in which he has been well-received by the tax profession for his efforts. He steps up to chief secretary to the Treasury, a role that will see him support new chancellor Philip Hammond. 

May revealed last week that two accountants would sit in her cabinet. ICAEW-qualified Justine Greening was named education secretary – herself a former Treasury minister, while management accountant Liz Truss was appointed justice secretary and lord chancellor.

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