The Conservative MP for the Vale of Glamorgan constituency – Alun Cairns – has been appointed Secretary of State for Wales in a reshuffle brought about by the resignation of the Work and Pensions Minister Ian Duncan Smith.
The move follows the appointment of Stephen Crabb as the new Secretary for Work and Pensions.
Cairns (45) has represented the Vale of Glamorgan in Westminster since 2010. Before that he was an Assembly Member representing South West Wales and earlier in his career worked for Lloyds Bank.
The new Welsh Secretary says “There is no better role for Wales than sitting around the cabinet, making sure that Wales’s voice is heard loud and clear and also in shaping UK government policy developed to Wales’ benefit.”
His first task will be steering through a modified version of the Wales Bill – which extends the powers of the Welsh Assembly and changes how it will work with Westminster.