MP David Gauke: ‘I’m delighted with my promotion, but really it’s just business as usual...’

David Gauke, MP for South West Herts
David Gauke, MP for South West Herts

Not only has South West Herts MP David Gauke been promoted in David Cameron’s reshuffle, he’s taken some of the responsibilities of his old job with him.

The 42-year-old Tory minister had previously been exchequer secretary to the Treasury, where his duties included overseeing the UK tax system.

He was appointed to that role – his first ministerial post – after being reelected as an MP for South West Herts in 2010. He has held the seat since 2005, when New Labour was in power.

But Mr Gauke has now been upped to the post of financial secretary to the Treasury, where he will act as deputy to Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne

His new responsibilities will include childcare policy, the Royal Mint and the UK’s contribution to the EU budget. And he will carry over his previous responsibilities for tax into the new post.

Mr Gauke said: “In many respects, it is a very similar job.

“It is a promotion in terms of now doing it at the minister of state level rather than a parliamentary undersecretary level. But that’s not a huge difference on a day-to-day basis.”

He will now also serve as deputy to Mr Osborne at meetings of economics and finance ministers.

But Mr Gauke will still be in the same office and most of his responsibilities will remain the same.

He said: “Promotion is always pleasing, so I am delighted to be able to do a job that I find fascinating.

“The economy is really important, which is why I am delighted to be able to continue as a Treasury minister.”

He said one of his priorities will continue to be ensuring that the tax system that is fair, competitive and attracts wealth and jobs to the UK.

The other will be tackling tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance.

Mr Gauke said: “We are making great strides on that one and will have to ensure we continue to do that work.”

He played down the suggestion that he had been promoted because of his media image after been summoned to represent the government on Newsnight on multiple occasions.

He said: “I think there are a lot of media appearances to be made about various things. As a Treasury minister there’s always a huge amount of interest on matters relating to the economy.”