David Mowat, Conservative MP for Warrington South, has been announced as the new Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Community Health and Care.
Mr Mowat’s portfolio includes pharmacy and all other aspects of primary care, as well as adult social care, community services, cancer, dementia and learning disabilities.
He succeeds Alistair Burt MP, former Minister of State for Community and Social Care, who announced his resignation from the post after the EU referendum. Burt had previously stated he intended to carry on his duties until September but Mowat’s appointment to the role was announced during the finalisation of Theresa May’s cabinet reshuffle since taking over as prime minister.
Mr Mowat, who grew up in the Midlands, was elected to Parliament at the 2010 general election, gaining the seat from Labour. He previously trained as a chartered accountant and worked at the consulting firm Accenture for a number of years, going on to become one of its leading partners. He previously sat on the Scottish Affairs Select Committee, and has also served as private secretary to Greg Clark MP.
He joins the Department of Health alongside two other newly appointed junior ministers: Philip Dunne MP for Ludlow, who is now Minister of State for Health, and Nicola Blackwood MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, who is Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health and Innovation.
In a message posted on Twitter, Mowat said he was “delighted and honoured” to be joining the department.