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Appointment as a PPS
14/12/2011 10:42:00

I have recently been appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Greg Clark, who is the Minister for Decentralisation & Planning in the Department of Communities & Local Government and also has a cross-government responsibility as Minister for Cities.

PPSs are regarded as members of the Government for the purposes of collective responsibility - in other words, they are expected to vote with the Government - but they are not Ministers and don't receive any additional salary on top of their pay as MPs. The role involves supporting your Minister and acting as his or her eyes and ears in the House of Commons. Essentially it is a very small first step up the greasy pole.

I am delighted to be working for Greg, who I have known for years and think is one of the most able Ministers in the Government (he would, I am sure, have been a Cabinet Minister had the Conservatives won an outright majority at the last Election - he was a member of the Shadow Cabinet beforehand and was one of those to miss out as a result of the need to give some Cabinet roles to the Liberal Democrats).

I've had to stand down as a member of the Executive of the 1922 Committee and the Science & Technology Select Committee, both of which I have really enjoyed, but the appointment shouldn't have a detrimental impact on the work I do as your local MP - indeed, if anything it should help a little as the things Greg is responsible for are very relevant to Croydon.

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On 18/12/2011 21:22:00 Paul Ogier wrote:
"Essentially it is a very small first step up the greasy pole."

Do you mean the first steps of a political career?

I remember a local press interview with you at the time that Andrew Pelling decided to stand at the last election as an independent candidate in which it was reported that you questioned the motivation of Andrew Pelling as being more interested in his own political career than in seeking to bring about change for Croydon. Your blog of 30/3/2010 seems to me to confirm the report - again suggesting that Andrew Pelling was more interested in protecting his job. What is your motivation for trying the greasy pole and are you more pure in your motivation than Andrew Pelling was (according to you)? Does 'mote and plank' fit here?

On 19/12/2011 23:18:00 Paul Ogier wrote:
What are/will be your responsibilities and role in relation to any planning decisions, particularly appeals taking place within Croydon where the Secretary of State becomes involved? and where there might be any potential conflicts of interest?

Likewise what are/will be your responsibilities and role from the date of your appointment as PPS in relation to Croydon's applications (past and present) for city status and that of the other current city status applications, given the Minister's cross government responsibilities? Again how will you deal with any potential conflicts of interest re.Croydons application as well as between Croydon's application and that of other applications?

On 21/12/2011 07:05:00 Gwynneth Delahaye wrote:
Very many congratulations on your appointment as a PPS Gavin. It couldn't happen to a nicer guy. I am sure that Greg Clark will find you an admiral asset.
On 22/12/2011 18:15:00 Jane Fisher wrote:
Congratulations on your appointment. I have always been impressed that you have always seemed to have done what is best for your constituents. I hope you will be able to continue to do this in your role as a PPS. We need MPs with integrity. I wish you all the best in your new role.
On 22/12/2011 19:34:00 Katalin Jonas wrote:
Congratulations on your nomination and good luck and success!
On 23/12/2011 01:15:00 Hellen Musana Gichovi wrote:
Thank you for taking the time to keep us updated about issues that concern the community. I wish to congratulate you on the appointment as PPS in Whitehall. May all the blessings of the Lord Jesus Christ rest upon you and family as we celebrate this Christmas. Praying that the Lord guides you with wisdom as you serve the nation and best wishes for a prosperous New Year.
On 24/12/2011 13:11:00 Robert Leonard wrote:
Congratulations Gavin. It is always pleasing to see talent rewarded. Keep up the good work.
On 30/12/2011 21:25:00 Jayne Laville wrote:
Really well done Gavin!! As Croydon bids for city status, that small step you have taken is definately the right step up for Croydon. Congratulations for getting to be the eyes and ears for Croydon, I can think of no better person to represent us than someone as fair and brilliant as yourself.
On 04/01/2012 00:57:00 Anthony Miller wrote:
So what excatly does a Minister for Decentralisation do? Sounds like the kind of title Jim Hacker would have had in his early career

For some reason, I've got this mental picture of a man sitting in a big chair saying "We can dump that one on a councillor" but I dare say it is more complicated than that?




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