Grammar school-educated minister was previously at the Department for Work and Pensions
Damian Hinds has replaced Justine Greening as education secretary.
His appointment comes after his predecessor spent two-and-a-half hours inside 10 Downing Street, after which she resigned.
Reportedly, Ms Greening refused to be moved to the Department for Work and Pensions.
As well as being a former member of the Commons Education Select Committee, Mr Hinds once chaired the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Mobility – a key issue for both the prime minister and Ms Greening.
In a tweet sent this evening, Mr Hinds said: “Delighted to be appointed Education Secretary – looking forward to working with the great teachers & lecturers in our schools, colleges & universities giving people the opportunities to make the most of their lives”.
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