Nadhim Zahawi has been replaced as Under Secretary for Children and Families in a government shakeup which follows Boris Johnson’s election as UK Prime Minister.
The new Children’s Minister is Kemi Badenoch, and she is the MP for Saffron Walden.
Kemi has been a member of Parliament for two years and backed Michael Gove’s recent Conservative leadership bid. She was a member of the London Assembly, the body which monitors the Mayor of London’s activities, and was a member of the London Assembly at the tail-end of Boris Johnson’s tenure as Mayor of London.
She has a background in IT and finance, which could mean that there may be a strong focus on big data and AI being implemented across the family justice system.
Her voting record in Parliament tells us that she voted for less central government funding for local authorities, and declined to vote on same-sex marriage and lifting the abortion ban in Northern Ireland.
While working at the Department for Education, Kemi will be overseeing several areas including special educational needs, safeguarding in schools, disadvantaged children, and social mobility.
Gavin Williamson is the new education secretary.