The Department for Education has announced that the MP for Chippenham, Michelle Donelan, will temporarily assume the role of children and families minister while Kemi Badenoch is on maternity leave.

The announcement comes just over a month since Ms Badenoch was appointed as the new children and families minister in Boris Johnson’s first cabinet.

The Cheshire born MP, who has been MP for Chippenham since 2015, sat on the commons education select committee between 2015 and 2018. She has consistently voted for the reduction in welfare benefits spending and is a supporter of academy schools. Before entering politics she worked in marketing and the media and entertainment industry.

Her responsibilities will include:

  • early years policy including inspection, regulation and literacy and numeracy

  • delivery of 30 hours free childcare offer

  • social mobility including opportunity areas

  • children’s social care including child protection, children in care, adoption, care leavers, social work, local authority performance and family law

  • special educational needs including high needs funding

  • education policy in response to the race disparity audit

  • safeguarding in schools

  • disadvantaged pupils – including pupil premium and pupil premium plus

  • school sport, healthy pupils and school food, including free school meals

  • DfE contribution to cross-government work to tackle rough sleeping.

Last reviewed 10 September 2019