Narayana Murthy’s son-in-law Rishi Sunak joins Theresa May’s Cabinet
Rishi Sunak, the Conservative Member of Parliament from Richmond and son-in-law of Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy, has joined the government in the latest reshuffle conducted by Prime Minister Theresa May.
Mr. Sunak, who entered Parliament in 2015, will become the parliamentary undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, the government said on Tuesday afternoon.
Mr. Sunak was widely tipped as one of the backbench MPs likely to be brought into the government in the reshuffle. Mr. Sunak, a strong supporter of Brexit, has criticised the European Union’s “dismal record” of opening up new trade markets for member states, arguing that outside the customs union, Britain could “regain control” over its trade policy.
Alok Sharma, another Indian-origin MP who was earlier the Minister of Housing, was made the Minister for Employment.
Ms. May’s plans for the reshuffle got off to a rocky start this week, as Jeremy Hunt, the controversial Health Secretary, managed to retain his position while Justine Greening, the Education Secretary, walked out of the government after declining a position at the Department of Work and Pensions.
The loss of Ms. Greening was a particular blow for the government, which had been eager to highlight its stability and diversity following a difficult 2017.