Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

Responsibilities

Ministerial responsibilities will be confirmed in due course.

Current role holder: Seema Kennedy MP

Seema Kennedy was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Home Office on 26 July 2019.

She was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health and Primary Care from April 2019 to July 2019, with a brief including:

  • health protection and improvement
  • primary care
  • major diseases

Seema is the Conservative MP for South Ribble.

Education

Seema was educated in Blackburn before studying oriental studies (French and Persian) at Pembroke College, Cambridge. After Cambridge, she took a legal practice course.

Political career

Seema has been MP for South Ribble since 2015. In 2015, Seema became co-chair of a cross-party Loneliness Commission along with Jo Cox MP. Following Jo’s murder in 2016, Seema took forward this work with Rachel Reeves MP to form the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness. In 2017, she became the Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Prime Minister. She was the first female PPS to a Conservative prime minister.

Career outside of politics

After graduating from the University of Cambridge, Seema spent some time working in London as a solicitor before joining the family business, which owns commercial properties in north-west England.

Personal life

Seema is married with 3 children.