Barrister Lucy Frazer has been promoted into the ministerial role left vacant by Robert Buckland’s elevation to lord chancellor. As minister of state at the Ministry of Justice she takes on the prisons and probation portfolio, along with sentencing, extremism and electronic monitoring. She was previously solicitor general, a post she had held since May.
Frazer, MP for South East Cambridgeshire, practised at the commercial bar and took silk in 2013. She joined the government as parliamentary under secretary of state at the Ministry of Justice last year.
She is replaced as solicitor general by barrister Michael Ellis MP, previously minister of state at the Department for Transport. He said: 'I am proud to be joining the Attorney General’s Office, a unique and historic government department which has the highest staff engagement score in central government.'
Lord Keen of Elie (Richard Keen QC) remains advocate general for Scotland and MoJ spokesperson in the House of Lords; Wendy Morton MP joins Edward Argar MP in the junior ranks as parliamentary under secretaries of state.