Former employment lawyer new employee relations minister

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Norman Lamb, a former employer lawyer, has been appointed as Minister for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs. He replaces Edward Davey, who has been promoted to Energy and Climate Change Secretary, following the departure of Chris Huhne.

Business Secretary, Vince Cable, said:

“I am delighted to welcome Norman Lamb to the Department. Norman’s professional background as an employment lawyer and experience as the Liberal Democrat’s Trade and Industry Spokesman make him an ideal replacement.

“Norman pioneered our policy to privatise Royal Mail and establish employee share ownership in the business so it is fitting that he will be responsible for implementing that policy.

“I wish Edward Davey well in his new Cabinet role. He has made a fantastic contribution to the Business Department’s work; successfully steering the Postal Services Act through Parliament to secure the future of Royal Mail, formulating the proposals to introduce a system of shared parental leave and negotiating the first small business exemption in European regulation, to name but a handful of his achievements.”

Mr Lamb has been an MP for North Norfolk since 2001. Before he entered Parliament he was a partner at law firm Steeles Law where he was the head of the firm’s specialist Employment Unit. He has also written ‘Remedies in the Employment Tribunal; Damages for Discrimination and Unfair Dismissal,’ which was published in 1998.

He said:

“I’m honoured to be joining a Department which is doing such an incredibly important job delivering the jobs and growth Britain needs. In particular, I’m pleased to be implementing the Royal Mail reforms I pioneered in opposition and giving employees a stake in the company.

“Edward Davey has been an immensely impressive minister and I look forward to picking up where he left off. And I am thrilled to be working alongside my friend and colleague Vince Cable who is doing excellent work to get Britain back on its feet.”

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