Justine Greening Resigns from Government

Local MP refused new job offer from Theresa May

Justine Greening in Wandsworth
Justine Greening leaving her home in Wandsworth to meet the Prime Minister

Justine Greening - MP for Putney, Roehampton and Southfields - has resigned from Theresa May's government following Monday's cabinet reshuffle which saw her being offered the role of Minister for Work and Pensions.

Prime Minister Theresa May is said to be "disappointed" but respects the former Education Secretary's decision to quit.

Ms Greening - whose Social Mobility Action Plan aimed at providing equal opportunites for all young people was launched in December - said that it had been "an honour and priviledge to serve the government since 2010" and that "social mobility matters to me and our country more than my ministerial career". She pledged to "continue to do everything I can to create a country that has equality of opportunity for young people and I'll keep working hard as MP for Putney, Roehampton and Southfields".

Ms Greening replaced Nicky Morgan as Education Secretary on July 14 2016 after Theresa May won the Conservative Party leadership election and became Prime Minister.

Back in May 2010, following the formation of the coalition government, Ms Greening became Economic Secretary to the Treasury. She then entered the cabinet in October 2011 as Transport Secretary, a role she held until September 2012 when she became International Development Secretary.

Ms Greening campaigned to remain in the European Union and her Wandsworth constituency voted overwhelmingly to remain in Europe. As a heavyweight backbencher she could pose a threat the PM's Brexit majority.

January 9, 2018