Mr Barclay previously served as Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.
Steve Barclay has been appointed to replace Sajid Javid as the new Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.
Earlier tonight, Mr Javid resigned from the role after saying he had lost faith in the Prime Minister’s leadership and believes the Conservative party no longer has the support of the public.
Mr Barclay previously served as Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union and has subsequently served as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Downing Street Chief of Staff.
He has no known experience in health or social care, having trained as solicitor and worked in finance prior to becoming an MP.
According to the political website TheyWorkForYou, Mr Barclay on the vast majority of issues votes the same way as other Conservative MPs and very recently voted in support of the controversial amendments to the Health and Social Care Bill.
Shadow health minister Wes Streeting offered congratulations to Mr Barclay on Twitter, warning he would likely become the “shortest serving Health Secretary in history”.
Mr Barclay is yet to issue a public statement.
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