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PM May promotes UK minister Alok Sharma in reshuffle

Conservative MP Alok Sharma was promoted as a minister of state when UK Prime Minister Theresa May reshuffled her council of ministers.

world Updated: Jun 13, 2017 23:31 IST
Prasun Sonwalkar
File photo of Conservative Party MP Alok Sharma, who has been promoted as a minister of state in the Theresa May government.
File photo of Conservative Party MP Alok Sharma, who has been promoted as a minister of state in the Theresa May government.(Courtesy aloksharma.co.uk)

Alok Sharma, the Conservative MP from Reading West, was on Tuesday promoted as a minister of state in the minority Theresa May government in the department of communities and local government.

Sharma was parliamentary under-secretary of state in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the previous government led by May and was responsible for matters related to India and Asia.

He was first elected to Parliament in the May 2010 elections and re-elected in May 2015 and June 2017. 

He had the role of “Prime Minister’s Infrastructure Envoy for India” in the David Cameron government, working on the implementation of multi-billion dollar projects announced during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's November 2015 visit to London. 

Sharma will work with Sajid Javid, who holds the cabinet rank in the department for communities and local government.

Priti Patel was retained by May in her previous role as the international development secretary, making her the only Indian-origin minister with a cabinet rank.