Gillian promoted to PPS to Secretary of Defence

Gillian Keegan MP has been promoted to Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Secretary of State for Defence, Gavin Williamson CBE MP. The Chichester MP was asked to serve the Secretary in December and will begin her duties in the New Year.

Gillian’s role as PPS will be a step up in responsibility having served as a Ministerial PPS to the Treasury. The appointment will require Gillian to directly assist the Secretary of State in his official departmental and parliamentary duties. The role also involves working cross-party with all MPs to gather support for upcoming Defence policy, and to feed the thoughts and ideas of backbenchers back to the Ministry of Defence.

Gillian said: I am excited to start this new role and I’m looking forward to learning more about the UK’s Defence policy. This is an important time for our forces with the ongoing modernisation programme underway to strengthen our capabilities and ensure the UK maintains its position as a world-leading Defence Force. Today our Armed Forces are taking on an array of global threats and international responsibilities, so I feel privileged to be supporting the Secretary of State.