Guy Opperman MP has left his role as minister for pensions and financial inclusion following the government reshuffle.
In an official statement posted on Twitter, Opperman said: “It has been the honour of my life to serve as a government minister for the last seven years. I was relieved of my duties on the day Her Majesty the Queen passed away. As a result I have respected the period of mourning until after Her Majesty’s funeral.
“It is now right to write and thank Parliamentary, Civil Servant and multiple other colleagues for their support while I have been the Minister for Pensions and Financial Inclusion for the last 5 years.
He added: “There are a plethora of policy officials, arms length bodies and parliamentarians too numerous to thank, but you all know who you are. I am grateful for your efforts in progressing so much new policy, including 5 Acts of Parliament taken through both House of Parliament in the last two years alone. No minister has done more bills these last 2 years. And no minister can function without a supportive Private Office.”
Opperman also cited some of his career highlights, such as pushing the Pensions Schemes Act through parliament and increasing automatic enrolment worker pensions to 8 per cent savings annually.
Opperman was the longest-serving pension minister, holding the position for more than five years—the greatest tenure for a single individual since the position was established in 1998.
Steve Webb, who served as the pensions minister for almost five years before being replaced by Opperman, was appointed in 2010 as a member of the coalition administration. In the 2015 election, Webb, a former MP for the liberal democrats and current partner at LCP, lost his seat.