GEORGE Eustice has been given a place on a new board which will help draw up policy for the Conservative Party in Downing Street.
The Camborne and Redruth MP, who is a former press secretary of Prime Minister David Cameron, has been named as one of the new Conservative policy board which has been formed to give a variety of Tory figures the chance to influence decisions at the head of the party.
It is part of a number of changes introduced by Mr Cameron which included the appointment of Jo Johnson – younger brother of London mayor Boris – as head of the policy unit.
Mr Johnson will lead a team of special advisers and civil servants in advise Mr Cameron and his team at Downing Street. Mr Johnson will be a Cabinet Office minister in his new role.
Mr Eustice said that the policy board had been established to provide greater political direction to the Number 10 policy unit.
He said that it would give MPs a greater say in drawing up policy and a chance to put forward ideas which could be developed.
Mr Eustice said that the board would be working on the Conservative Party manifesto for the next General Election but said that it would also be working on more immediate policy as well as policy ideas which could be implemented later in this Parliament.
He added: "I am looking forward to getting to work on the new Number 10 Policy board which aims to secure greater input from MPs as policy ideas are being developed.
"This government has implemented some really important reforms in areas such as education and the welfare system and we need to build on what has been started."
Others appointed to the policy board include Tory veteran Peter Lilley, who served in Margaret Thatcher's Cabinet, along with Jesse Norman, Paul Uppal, Margot James, Jane Ellison, Jake Berry and Nick Gibb.