Edward Timpson replaces Loughton as children’s minister

The former family law barrister whose parents have fostered almost 90 children takes on the tough job of filling Tim Loughton's shoes in the Department for Education

Edward Timpson has been appointed children’s minister with responsibility for adoption and children in care following yesterday’s government reshuffle.

The Conservative MP for Crewe and Nantwich, who was elected in 2008, previously practised as a family law barrister specialising in cases concerning vulnerable children.

He sat on the children, schools and families select committee and is chairman of the all party parliamentary groups (APPGs) on adoption and fostering and looked after children and care leavers. He is also vice chairman of the APPG for runaway missing children.

According to his website, Timpson’s parents have fostered 87 children over the last 30 years and he has two adopted siblings.

Former children’s minister Tim Loughton announced on Twitter yesterday that, after seven years as a shadow children’s minister and two years as junior children’s minister, the prime minister had asked him to stand down.

Yesterday he tweeted his congratulations to Timpson, adding that his successor has “great experience and empathy with children in care especially”.

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