VICTORIA Atkins was appointed as Britain’s new Health Secretary on November 13, 2023, following a cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
She is married to Paul Kenward, a businessman specializing in food. Here’s what we know about him:
Who is Victoria Atkins’ husband Paul Kenward?
Paul Kenward is a British businessman who is currently chairman of ABF Sugar, one of the largest sugar companies in the world.
He was previously managing director of British Sugar.
Kenward also serves as a director at a number of other companies including Pride Oils and Westmill Foods.
He was born in 1973 and educated at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.
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In 1996 he served as a one-term president of the Oxford Union.
Kenward made headlines in 2018 when it was revealed that he was running a legal cannabis farm.
The farm in Wissington, Norfolk, grows a non-psychoactive strain of cannabis intended for use in epilepsy medicine in children.
Atkins has previously been accused of hypocrisy because of his strong opposition to cannabis use for several years.
She was subsequently banned from speaking in Parliament on cannabis-related issues.
Do Victoria and Paul have children?
The couple has a son named Monty.
It is unclear what year Monty was born, but it is believed he will be 11 years old in 2023.
On her website, Victoria described how they spend their free time: “We like to spend what little free time we have running after our son Monty, building sandcastles on the beautiful Lincolnshire coast and putting on our boots to go for a walk. “ the Wolds.
Monty is rarely seen in public, apart from rare pictures of him, including a picture on X (formerly Twitter) of him riding a horse outside the House of Commons with his mother nearby.
What role does Victoria Atkins play in the cabinet?
Atkins was appointed UK Health Secretary in November 2023 following a cabinet reshuffle by Rishi Sunak.
She replaced Steve Barclay, who was demoted to environment minister as part of the reshuffle.
Atkins previously held the role of finance minister but will now be responsible for the UK’s health policy.
Other notable changes in the cabinet included the dismissal of Suella Braverman as Interior Minister.
Braverman was replaced by James Cleverly, who was previously Foreign Secretary.
That role was taken on by former Prime Minister David Cameron, returning to politics for the first time since leaving office in 2016.
Others who lost their jobs in the reshuffle included Environment Secretary Therese Coffey and Schools Minister Nick Gibb.
Atkins has been MP for Louth and Horncastle since May 2015.
She was re-elected to this role in 2017 and 2019.
She was appointed to the Interior Ministry in 2017.
In 2019, Atkins resigned as justice minister amid concerns about the leadership of the Conservative Party.