Former Oxfordshire MP Nicola Blackwood made junior health minister

She takes over from Lord O'Shaughnessy.

A Conservative former MP has been appointed as a health minister and made a life peer following the resignation of Lord O'Shaughnessy, Downing Street has announced.

Nicola Blackwood was the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health in the first Theresa May ministry until she lost her Oxford West and Abingdon seat to the Liberal Democrats in the 2017 general election.

Lord O'Shaughnessy resigned as a Government minister in December due to "family circumstances", saying he would step down at the end of last year.

Downing Street said: "The Queen has been pleased to approve that Nicola Blackwood be appointed as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health and Social Care. This follows from the resignation from Government of Lord O'Shaughnessy.

"Her Majesty has been pleased to signify Her intention of conferring a peerage of the United Kingdom for Life on Nicola Blackwood."

The Health Secretary has tweeted his congratulations:


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