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Secretary of State welcomes Andrew Robathan MP as new NIO Minister of State

Theresa Villiers today welcomed the appointment of Andrew Robathan as the new Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office

Speaking after today’s Ministerial re-shuffle, the Secretary of State, Theresa Villiers said:

I want to put on record my appreciation for the hard work and support I received from Mike Penning over the past year. He has been a great colleague and will be missed by many whom he met during his time in the Northern Ireland Office. I wish him every success in his new role at the Department for Work and Pensions .

I am also delighted that Andrew Robathan has been appointed Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office. I am sure Andrew’s many years of experience both within Government and in business will serve him well in dealing with the complex issues we face in Northern Ireland. I look forward to welcoming him to the department.