Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs

Responsibilities

The Under Secretary is responsible for:

  • Post Office
  • employment relations (including ACAS)
  • consumer policy, consumer credit and consumer affairs
  • competition policy
  • corporate governance
  • company law
  • social enterprise
  • Insolvency Service (including company investigations)
  • Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill

Current role holder: Jenny Willott MP

Jenny Willott was appointed Minister for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Women and Equalities Minister in the Department of Culture, Media and Sport in December 2013, covering Jo Swinson MP’s maternity leave. She continues to be an Assistant Government Whip, and has been the Liberal Democrat MP for Cardiff Central since 2005.

Education

Jenny was educated at Wimbledon High School and Uppingham School. She studied Classics at Durham University, before completing an MSc in Development Studies at the London School of Economics.

Career

Since becoming an MP Jenny has served as Opposition Deputy Chief Whip and Ministry of Justice spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats. In June 2008 she was made Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions before being appointed Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. After the 2010 election Jenny was Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and Co-Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party Committee on Work and Pensions, until she was appointed Assistant Government Whip in February 2012.

Career outside politics

After graduating Jenny worked for a number of charities, including Oxfam and Adithi, a charity working with women and children in Bihar, Northern India. She was Head of Office for Welsh Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik from 1997 to 2000, before working for the children’s charity Barnardo’s in their Welsh fostering and adoption project. From 2001 to 2003 Jenny was Head of Advocacy for UNICEF UK. Immediately before being elected as an MP Jenny worked as head of Victim Support South Wales.

Personal life

Jenny is married and has 2 children.

Previous holders of this role

  1. Jo Swinson MP (on maternity leave)

    • 2012 to 2013
  2. Norman Lamb MP

    • 2012 to 2012
  3. The Rt Hon Edward Davey MP

    • 2010 to 2012

Policies

under the responsibility of Jenny Willott MP as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs

  1. Making companies more accountable to shareholders and the public

    • 19 November 2013
  2. Ensuring the future of the universal postal service and Post Office network services

    • 7 October 2013
  3. Modernising company law

    • 5 February 2013

Announcements

by Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs

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  1. European agreement improves company transparency

    • 15 April 2014
    • Press release
  2. Payments for extraction rights put under spotlight

    • 28 March 2014
    • Press release
  3. Landmark Children and Families Act 2014 gains royal assent

    • 13 March 2014
    • Press release
  4. Consultation on rectifying consumer disputes launched

    • 11 March 2014
    • Press release
  5. Misleading websites to face the squeeze

    • 4 March 2014
    • Press release
  6. New guide proves work experience is much more than making tea

    • 19 February 2014
    • Press release
  7. Brit Awards record labels face the music on unpaid interns

    • 11 February 2014
    • News story
  8. Good news for employers and staff as improved TUPE rules come into force

    • 31 January 2014
    • Press release
  9. Know your shopper's rights before you hit the Christmas sales

    • 27 December 2013
    • Press release
  10. Government cuts off costly calls

    • 13 December 2013
    • Press release

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