Former cabinet minister Esther McVey has returned to government “Tsar with common sense”.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak hopes Ms McVey’s appointment will allay concerns about a move away from the right.
Here’s what we know about the former work and pensions secretary who resigned over Theresa May’s “soft” Brexit deal.
Who is Esther McVey?
Esther McVey was born in Liverpool and completed her law degree before becoming a trainee at the BBC in 1991.
She then worked in the media for the next ten years as a broadcaster and journalist for GMTV, numerous BBC shows and Channel 4.
In 2010, Esther became the first and only Conservative MP on Merseyside since 1997.
In 2012 she was appointed Minister for People with Disabilities and in 2013 she was appointed Minister of State for Employment.
In the 2015 general election, McVey was defeated by Labor candidate Margaret Greenwood.
Ms McVey successfully defended the Tory seat of Tatton in Cheshire, George Osborne’s former constituency, at the 2017 general election.
Her “roles in business,” according to her website, have included chair of the British Transport Police Authority, honorary fellowship of the University of Liverpool and senior adviser to an international communications company.
She was appointed work and pensions minister by May in January 2018 before resigning nine months later.
She is currently a Member of Parliament and a part-time TV presenter for GB News.
Who is Esther McVey’s husband Philip Davies?
Philip Davies was born in Doncaster, South Yorkshire and attended a state boarding school in Stourbridge, West Midlands, before going to Huddersfield Polytechnic.
He graduated with a 2:1 in History and Politics in 1993 before getting a job at ASDA, where he stayed until 2005.
After an unsuccessful election campaign in 2001 for the seat of Colne Valley, he successfully won the seat of Shipley in West Yorkshire in 2005.
In his first speech to the House of Commons, Davies vowed to remain a backbencher and not seek a ministerial role so that he could speak for his constituents.
Filibuster Philip has a history of trying to speak out against legislation, having voted against the Tory whip more than 250 times.
When did Esther McVey and Philip Davies get married?
The couple tied the knot in 2020 at Parliament’s historic St. Mary Undercroft Chapel.
They met in 2011 and announced in April 2019 that they wanted to get married.
Esther revealed that Philip had asked her to marry him Daily Mail and was drawn to his “crisp sense of humor.”
She said: “I don’t have a date or a ring, but we hope to get married sometime next year.”
Do Esther McVey and Philip Davies have children?
The couple has no children.
Ms McVey previously revealed she would like to have children but has never met anyone who could “wind up” her biological clock.
She told Grazia magazine: “When I was growing up I always thought I would be married and have children. That didn’t happen.”
“I guess it’s a sacrifice because I really love children: I just don’t have them myself.”
“Why? Because obviously I never met the person I was going to have children with and I had to be realistic.”
Davies has two sons with his former partner Deborah Gail Hemsley.