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Disabilities minister Tomlinson to lead on pensions in Commons

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Minister for disabled people Justin Tomlinson will represent the Government on pensions questions in the House of Commons, civil servants have confirmed.

Newly appointed pensions minister Baroness Altmann will lead on pensions policy for the Government from the House of Lords, with Labour peer Lord Bradley acting for the opposition.

However, the Department for Work and Pensions has now confirmed that Tomlinson will additionally be responsible for answering questions on pensions policy in the House of Commons.

Tomlinson’s role as minister for disabled people represents his first move into Government, replacing Esther McVey, who lost her seat at the election.

Prior to the 2015 election, the MP for North Swindon spent two years sitting on parliament’s Public Accounts Committee, chaired at the time by Margaret Hodge.

Labour has yet to name its own Commons pensions spokesperson.

Meanwhile, following the departure of shadow work and pensions minister Rachel Reeves on maternity leave, former shadow employment minister Stephen Timms has taken on leadership of Labour’s ministerial team.

Timms, who also served as pensions minister under the previous Labour government, has previously sought to raise concerns over misselling in the aftermath of pension freedoms.

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