Raymond Doherty 11 Jan 2018 11:24am

Andrew Griffiths appointed minister for Small Business

Burton MP Andrew Griffiths has replaced Margot James as minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility

As part of her role, James was responsible for looking after the accountancy profession. It is yet to be confirmed by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) if Griffiths will have the same brief.

Griffiths left his position as lord commissioner of the Treasury to take up a role.

Prior to getting involved in politics Griffiths worked for his family engineering business and then in property and finance for a High Street Building Society.

Griffiths was previously chief of staff for Theresa May in the shadow cabinet. He has also been chief of staff for Eric Pickles MP and Hugo Swire. He was opposed to Brexit before the referendum.

He most recently made the headlines for demanding that “Made in Burton" be put on Colman's Mustard jars following the company’s plans to shift production there from Norwich, and also for heckling Jeremy Corbyn in Parliament for being old.

In her role, as well as the profession, James was responsible for small business (including the small business commissioner), enterprise and the British Business Bank, the retail sector, consumer and competition (including Companies House), deregulation and regulatory reform, labour markets (including trade union and employment law), corporate governance, the Insolvency Service, and the National Minimum Wage.

She was also responsible for oversight of the profession’s regulator, the Financial Reporting Council.

Greg Clark has remained as BEIS secretary despite widespread speculation he would be moved as part of the reshuffle, while Claire Perry has moved up to the role of BEIS minister and will attend cabinet meetings.

In 2007 Perry worked as an adviser to George Osborne before being elected as the MP for the Devizes constituency in 2010.

David Gauke was appointed lord chancellor, while former KPMG partner and chartered accountant Karen Bradley is now secretary of state for Northern Ireland.

ICAEW member Justine Greening resigned from her position as education secretary after reportedly turning down a move to Work and Pensions.

Fellow chartered accountant Alok Sharma, the MP for Reading West, has been appointed employment minister.