MP who helped run family restaurant joins Department for Business

MP who helped run family restaurant joins Department for Business
Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events

Posted: Wed 27th Mar 2024

Alan Mak has joined the Department for Business and Trade (DBT) as part of the prime minister's mini-reshuffle.

Rishi Sunak was forced to change his team following the resignation of Robert Halfon as education minister, and James Heappey as armed forces minister. Both will not be standing in the general election which takes place later this year.

As part of the reshuffle, Alan Mak, who was first elected in 2015, has been given a job in DBT. His exact role has not yet been confirmed.

The MP for Havant grew up in York, where his parents ran a Chinese takeaway for over 20 years. On his website, Mak says he "lived above the shop, and worked in it from a young age and went on to help run it".

According to the website, the MP also ran his own small business and invested in and advised other firms including an advertising group and technology start-ups.

In other changes by Sunak, small business minister Kevin Hollinrake keeps his previous responsibilities, including small business, enterprise and scale-up strategy, but has been promoted from a parliamentary under secretary of state to a minister of state.

Nus Ghani, previously at DBT, is now minister for Europe in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

Jonathan Gullis and Angela Richardson were appointed as deputy chairs of the Conservative Party.

Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events
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