Minister of State for Disabled People

The Rt Hon Mike Penning MP

Biography

Mike Penning was appointed Minister of State for Disabled People on 7 October 2013. He is the Conservative MP for Hemel Hempstead.

Education

Mike was educated at Appleton and King Edmund Comprehensive Schools in Essex and studied at Reading University.

Political career

  • MP for Hemel Hempstead 2005 to present
  • Member, Health Committee 2005 to 2008
  • Shadow Minister for Health 2007 to 2010
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport 2010 to 2012
  • Minister of State for Northern Ireland September 2012
  • Minister of State for Disabled People to present

Career outside politics

After school he joined the British army and served in the Grenadier Guards. He then worked as a firefighter before going into the family business. He later worked as a political journalist.

Personal life

He is married to Angela and has 2 daughters. He is passionate about sport, especially rugby union and football.

Minister of State for Disabled People

The Minister of State for Disabled People is responsible for:

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Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport

    • 2010 to 2012
  2. Minister of State for Northern Ireland

    • 2012 to 2013

Policies

under the responsibility of The Rt Hon Mike Penning MP as Minister of State for Disabled People

  1. Helping people to find and stay in work

    • 12 March 2014
  2. Improving the health and safety system

    • 2 January 2014
  3. Simplifying the welfare system and making sure work pays

    • 12 November 2013

Announcements

by The Rt Hon Mike Penning MP

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  1. Message of support to ParalympicsGB from Minister of State for Disabled People, Rt Hon Mike Penning

    • 7 March 2014
    • Press release
  2. Statement on the future of the Independent Living Fund

    • 6 March 2014
    • Statement to Parliament
  3. Privy Council appointments: February 2014

    • 27 February 2014
    • Press release
  4. Personal Independence Payment rolls out to existing claimants in northern England

    • 3 February 2014
    • Press release
  5. Mike Penning visits pioneering vehicle adaptations firm for disabled people

    • 29 January 2014
    • Press release
  6. Disability Confident regional event – Birmingham

    • 2 December 2013
    • Speech
  7. Major breakthrough for victims of devastating cancer mesothelioma

    • 29 November 2013
    • Press release
  8. National drive to boost disability employment: first ever Disability Confident roadshow tours Britain

    • 21 November 2013
    • Press release
  9. Anonymous electoral registration to be extended to Northern Ireland

    • 11 September 2013
    • Press release
  10. Minister of State hails the Game of Three Halves

    • 1 August 2013
    • News story

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