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Sarah Newton MP replaces Penny Mordaunt MP at DWP

09 November 2017

New ministerial appointments.

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View Sarah Newton’s full voting history

Penny Mordaunt MP is now Secretary of State for International Development.

Sarah Newton MP is now Minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions.

Victoria Atkins MP is now Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Home Office.

Sarah Newton's voting history

Equality and human rights

  • Generally voted against laws to promote equality and human rights
  • Consistently voted against allowing terminally ill people to be given assistance to end their life
  • Generally voted for restricting the scope of legal aid


  • Consistently voted for reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (the "bedroom tax")
  • Consistently voted against raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices
  • Consistently voted against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability
  • Almost always voted for making local councils responsible for helping those in financial need afford their council tax and reducing the amount spent on such support
  • Consistently voted for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits


  • Consistently voted against restricting the provision of services to private patients by the NHS
  • Consistently voted for reforming the NHS so GPs buy services on behalf of their patients

Higher and further education

  • Consistently voted for raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year
  • Consistently voted for ending financial support for some 16-19 year olds in training and further education
  • Consistently voted for university tuition fees

Work and skills

  • Generally voted against spending public money to create guaranteed jobs for young people who have spent a long time unemployed