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.
The ministerial line-up at the MoJ is otherwise unchanged. Lord Keen of Elie (Richard Keen QC) remains advocate general for Scotland and MoJ spokesperson in the House of Lords; with Paul Maynard MP and Edward Argar MP staying on as parliamentary under secretaries of state.