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Rushcliffe MP joins Government whips office in Prime Minister’s reshuffle

Ruth Edwards has become a Government Whip as part of Rishi Sunak’s mini-reshuffle and departmental reforms this week.

Government Whips are responsible for managing the Government’s business in Parliament and steering Government Bills through the different Parliamentary stages.

They also feedback on the general views of MPs within their party to the Chief Whip and Prime Minister.

The Rushcliffe MP has previously served as PPS to both Oliver Dowden, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, and Alister Jack, the Secretary of State for Scotland.

She has also been a member of the Business and Energy Select Committee and the Home Affairs Select Committee.

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Ruth Edwards

Following her appointment, Ruth said:

“I am looking forward to this new challenge but want to reassure my constituents that Rushcliffe will remain my number one priority.

“We have made some great progress locally, addressing issues such as flooding, supporting survivors of domestic abuse, increasing police numbers and securing more funding for schools and the NHS.

“It is a privilege to work with local campaigners to increase access to defibrillators and with many constituents who have provided their views on the planning reforms currently going through parliament.


There is more work to do and I look forward to continuing this alongside my new role as a Government Whip.”

•  Rushcliffe MP Ruth Edwards column for January 2023

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