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Brexiteer Coffey takes top health and care job

Thérèse Coffey has been appointed Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, and Deputy Prime Minister, following the appointment of Liz Truss as the new PM.

Coffey, the Suffolk Coastal MP, has previously held the top Cabinet post in the Department for Work and Pensions, and has been a minister in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Coffey has the following record on health votes:

  • Consistently voted against smoking bans
  • Almost always 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
  • Voted against allowing terminally ill people to be given assistance to end their life.

On immigration, Coffey:

  • generally voted against UK membership of the EU 
  • generally voted against a right to remain for EU nationals already in living in the UK.

Locally, she has cites victories such as stopping the A14 toll, improving NHS experience for patients and better broadband.

Outside politics, Coffey has worked for the international company Mars, and at the BBC.

She enjoys watching football, gardening and music, especially the Devon rock band Muse. She is a CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) member.

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