Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Vulnerability, Safeguarding and Countering Extremism


The minister is responsible for:

  • Disclosure and Barring Service
  • drugs
  • alcohol
  • countering extremism
  • hate crime
  • crime prevention
  • anti-social behaviour
  • gangs, youth crime and youth violence
  • knife crime
  • wildlife crime
  • child sexual exploitation and abuse (including Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse
  • online child sexual exploitation
  • mental health
  • modern slavery
  • honour-based violence (including forced marriage, honour killing)
  • female genital mutilation (FGM)
  • violence against women and girls
  • missing people and children
  • sexual violence, prostitution and lap dancing
  • domestic violence

Current role holder: Sarah Newton MP

Sarah Newton was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Home Office on 17 July 2016. She was elected Conservative MP for Truro and Falmouth in May 2010.


Sarah was educated at Falmouth Comprehensive School before reading history at Kings College London. Sarah won a rotary international postgraduate scholarship in the USA.

Political career

Sarah served as Assistant Government Whip from May 2015 until July 2016.

Sarah was previously a councillor on Merton Council. During her time in Wimbledon, she served as the head of Friends of Cannizaro Park.

Career outside politics

Sarah was a marketing officer for IBIS, Citibank and American Express. After working for American Express for 4 years she became Director of Age Concern England. Sarah is also Founder and Initial Director of the International Longevity Centre.

Personal life

Sarah is married and has 3 children.


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