HEATHER Wheeler has expressed her delight at being handed a new role as parliamentary private secretary to the attorney general, but says it will not affect her work in South Derbyshire.
The position will see her work alongside the Rt Hon Jeremy Wright to act as a buffer between him and backbench MPs, taking on board their questions and making sure that suitable responses are given.
It will also see her continue to spend four days a week in Westminster and allow her to use the rest of her time working in South Derbyshire.
Mrs Wheeler said: "It's no different to how I currently work, so I can remain committed to my constituency. It's still a largely Westminster-based job, and I have always been based there from Monday to Thursday in my role as an MP. From Friday to Sunday I will be in South Derbyshire working alongside my constituents.
"I'm delighted to have been appointed to my new role and I look forward to working with Jeremy. The position of attorney general is one of the oldest offices of state and it is an honour to be chosen to serve in this department."
Mrs Wheeler said she was looking forward to learning how the department works and hopes the new role is just the beginning of a journey that could lead her on to a greater position within the Conservative Party in the coming years.
She said: "Traditionally, becoming a parliamentary private secretary is the first step on the ladder to becoming a minister, which is something I would very much like to do in the future."