Oliver Dowden and Lucy Frazer given ministerial positions

Oliver Dowden and Lucy Frazer given ministerial positions

Borehamwood MP and Jewish parliamentarian get ministerial roles in Theresa May's reshuffle

Lucy Frazer and Oliver Dowden
Lucy Frazer and Oliver Dowden

Two Jewish MPs has become junior ministers in Theresa May’s cabinet reshuffle while an MP with a large Jewish constituency has also been promoted.

In her first ministerial role, MP for South East Cambridgeshire Lucy Frazer became Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice.

Another former barrister, Michael Ellis, the MP for Northampton North who was previously deputy leader of the House of Commons, has been made Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Meanwhile David Cameron’s former deputy chief of staff, Oliver Dowden, the MP for Hertsmere, was made Parliamentary Secretary at the Cabinet Office.

Leeds-born Frazer, 45, was elected to Parliament in 2015, after an astronomical career in law, where she became a QC at a young age, entering the profession after a youth in which she was a member of BBYO.

Michael Ellis

Ellis, who was a barrister for 17 years before entering Parliament in 2010, acted as Parliamentary Assistant to Lord Feldman, former Tory Party chair, under David Cameron’s government.

In a 2012 debate on Israel, Ellis said: “The hatred that is often displayed toward Israel is often a veneer for anti-Semitism, which is not only still very strong but actually getting stronger. I don’t think people are fair about Israel.”

Dowden has also been vocal in his support for the Jewish community, most recently pressing Home Secretary Amber Rudd on protesters flying the flag of the political wing of Hezbollah during the al-Quds Day march in London.

In the Commons, he said this was “provocative, incites extremism and is deeply offensive to our Jewish community”.

Both Frazer and Dowden have been described as “rising stars” and neither has ever rebelled against major Government legislation, although Frazer has voted to let terminally ill people end their lives, a position at odds with most Tory colleagues.

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