Delivering for Teesside at the Treasury

This summer is the hardest-working of my life as I get fully settled into my role as a Treasury minister, and I thought it would be worth setting out a bit more about my responsibilities.

Proper sentencing and more prison places

I’ve welcomed the announcement by Boris Johnson that he will end the policy of automatic early release for criminals and build 10,000 more prison places. The first new prison in the £2.5bn programme will be HMP Full Sutton in Yorkshire.

Woodgate's first home match

It was great to be at the Riverside for the first home league game of the Woodgate era today! The second picture below shows the fantastic banner from Red Faction - Ultras Boro.

Better children's heart services for the North East

Today the Government has announced £41.7m to improve paediatric cardiac care in our region as part of a £1.8bn package of extra NHS investment.

The money will go to the specialist facilities in Newcastle that provide this level of care to children across the North East.

What can a Freeport do?

It's been brilliant to see everyone's enthusiasm for a freeport for Teesside following yesterday's announcement.

Day One at the Treasury!

Thank you for all your kind messages over the last 48 hours - I really appreciate them. It’s been a very busy and productive first day in my new job, getting to meet the team of civil servants and fellow ministers.

Listening to residents

I’ve been out with some of my amazing volunteers in Marton Manor this afternoon, talking about local and national issues. Thank you to everyone who took the time to share your thoughts!

Joining the Government

It’s a huge honour to have been asked to join the Government today by the Prime Minister. I have been appointed Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, working under the Chancellor Sajid Javid.

20,000 More Police

👮‍♀️👮‍♂️ We're starting a national campaign to deliver more frontline officers to make our streets safer. I'm absolutely delighted that over the next three years, we will recruit 20,000 more police.

Boris wins by 2 to 1

Boris Johnson has just been announced as our next Prime Minister.