Esther McVey’s appointment as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions has been met with anger by Labour MPs and campaigners, who have highlighted cuts and comments she made in her previous role at the department.
McVey was appointed on Monday after then education secretary Justine Greening rejected an offer from Theresa May to move to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), choosing to resign instead.
The former TV presenter’s political career began when she won the Wirral West seat in 2005, which she held until 2015.
Between 2012-2013 she was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Disabled People, then Minister of State at the DWP from 2013-2015, when she helped Iain Duncan Smith’s department oversee benefit reform, including the ‘bedroom tax’.
McVey returned to Parliament in 2017 winning George Osborne’s old seat in Tatton in Cheshire.