Maria Miller appointed as Minister for Disabled People at Department for Work and Pensions
Summary: Conservative MP Maria Miller has been appointed as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Disabled People at the Department for Work and Pensions.
She was widely expected to take up a ministerial role in the Department for Education under a Conservative government. The former Conservative shadow families' minister will be working for new Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan-Smith.
As shadow families minister, Miller's key responsibilities focused on early years, Sure Start and helping parents to access quality childcare and improve their work-life balance.
Another prominent figure in the sector, Lynne Featherstone, former Liberal Democrat spokeswoman on youth and equalities, has been appointed as Junior Equalities Minister at the Home Office.
Conservative MP Chris Grayling has also been appointed as Minister of State for Employment, while David Freud has been made Minister for Welfare Reform.
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