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Phil Hope to champion East Midlands

25 January 2008
CAB0/EM 431/08

The Prime Minister has appointed Cabinet Office Minister Phil Hope as the new Minister for the East Midlands. He will champion the region, make sure its interests are heard at the heart of government and work to join up policy and services to deliver the best possible outcomes for the people of the East Midlands.

Phil Hope is also the minister responsible for the Third Sector, which includes charities, voluntary groups, social enterprises and other organisations. This role already sees him working across government departments to ensure that they work together to achieve the Government's aims. He is also Member of Parliament for Corby and East Northamptonshire.

Phil Hope, Minister for the East Midlands, said:

“I am delighted to have been appointed Minister for the East Midlands a region that has so much to be proud of. I intend to be a strong voice and advocate for the region, building on the excellent work of my predecessor Gillian Merron. We have some of UK's best known businesses, most innovative scientists and most creative artists. Our towns and cities boast many individual strengths and qualities but have also forged a powerful collective bond which puts us in a unique position to prosper. I want to help build on this success and am ambitious for what we can achieve together.

“We have made enormous strides in the last ten years in creating new jobs, attracting inward investment and raising living standards and the quality of life for people in the region. However, more remains to be done if we are to stay competitive and meet the social, economic and environmental challenges that lie ahead. We can best achieve this if we resolve to work together. And that is where I come in. I can be the link between government and the region, ensuring that East Midland's specific needs are taken into account in policy making and helping each part of government work together with the people, giving them the support and services they need.

“My message to the people of the East Midlands is that I am here to take on your causes and I will do so with relish”.

Phil Hope takes over from previous minister Gillian Merron who has moved to a post in the Department for International Development.

Notes to Editors

1. Biography – Phil Hope was elected Member of Parliament for Corby and East Northamptonshire in 1997 and was appointed Minister for the Third Sector in June 2007 and Minister for the East Midlands in January 2008. Prior to this, he served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Skills, Parliamentary Private Secretary to John Prescott, the then Deputy Prime Minister and to Nick Raynsford as Minister of State for Housing and Planning. Phil was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in June 2003 with responsibility for building regulations, regulatory and public sector reform, e-local government, the Fire Service College and the Local Government Pension Scheme. At ODPM he also supported the Minister for Local Government, regional governance and fire, Nick Raynsford.

He was elected to Kettering Borough Council during the 1980s and Northamptonshire County Council between 1993 and 1997 where he chaired the Equal Opportunities Committee.

Formerly a teacher at Kettering School for Boys, he has also been a youth policy advisor to the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, Head of the Young Volunteer Resources Unit at the National Youth Bureau and a management consultant to not-for-profit organisations. Phil Hope was educated at Wandsworth Comprehensive School and St Luke's College, Exeter. He is married with two children.

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