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Anne Milton set to stay as apprenticeships and skills minister

The former nurse had been tipped for a promotion to health secretary, but will stay at the Department for Education

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The former nurse had been tipped for a promotion to health secretary, but will stay at the Department for Education

Anne Milton will remain at the Department for Education, and is expected to stay as apprenticeships and skills minister.

Ms Milton, who spent 25 years working as a nurse in the NHS, had been strongly tipped to replace Jeremy Hunt as health secretary. But yesterday, 10 Downing Street confirmed that Mr Hunt had been given the expanded brief of health and social care secretary.

And despite a change in education secretary after the resignation of Justine Greening from the Cabinet and the subsequent appointment of Damian Hinds, it appears that Ms Milton is set to keep her post. An updated full list of new and retained ministers has now been published.

New recruit for DfE

Ms Milton has been a minister at the Department for Education for seven months, following her appointment as apprenticeships and skills minister in June 2017

She has been joined at the Department by Nadhim Zahawi, former apprenticeships adviser to then prime minister David Cameron. His remit has not yet been confirmed.

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