Rt Hon Damian Green MP and Julia Mulligan PCC. Photo: Policy Exchange via Flickr.

Theresa May has appointed Damian Green MP as the new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, replacing Stephen Crabb MP who resigned the position citing family reasons.

Mr Green was elected to serve in the House of Commons as Conservative MP for Ashford in a general election on 1 May 1997, following the retirement of Tory MP Keith Speed.

Green was infamously arrested by the Metropolitan Police at his constituency home on 27 November 2008 on suspicion of “aiding and abetting misconduct in public office” and “conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office” (source: Wikipedia).


The Crown Prosecution Service decided not to prosecute Mr Green because of “insufficient evidence”.

His topics of interest are known to be the Home Department, Education and Skills, Transport, Health, Justice, Asylum/Immigration, Illegal Immigrants, Asylum, Immigration Controls and English Language.

But not welfare, social security, poverty, pensions, employment, or unemployment?

How Damian Green voted on Welfare and Benefits

Almost always voted for reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (otherwise knows as “bedroom tax”).

Generally voted against raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices.

Almost always voted against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability.

Almost always voted for making local councils responsible for helping those in financial need afford their council tax and reducing the amount spent on such support.


Almost always voted for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits.

Almost always voted against spending public money to create guaranteed jobs for young people who have spent a long time unemployed.

How Damian Green voted on Taxation and Employment

Consistently voted for raising the threshold at which people start to pay income tax.

Almost always voted for increasing the rate of VAT.

Generally voted for higher taxes on alcoholic drinks.

Consistently voted for higher taxes on plane tickets.

Generally voted for lower taxes on fuel for motor vehicles.


Consistently voted against increasing the tax rate applied to income over £150,000.

Generally voted for encouraging occupational pensions.

Generally voted against automatic enrolment in occupational pensions.

Almost always voted against a banker’s bonus tax.

Generally voted for higher taxes on banks.

Consistently voted against an annual tax on the value of expensive homes (popularly known as a mansion tax).

Generally voted for allowing employees to exchange some employment rights for shares in the company they work for.


Consistently voted for more restrictive regulation of trade union activity.

How Damian Green voted on Social Issues

Generally voted for equal gay rights.

Generally voted against smoking bans.

Almost always voted against the hunting ban.

Consistently voted for allowing marriage between two people of same sex.

Generally voted against laws to promote equality and human rights.


Consistently voted against allowing terminally ill people to be given assistance to end their life.

How Damian Green voted on Health

Almost always voted against restricting the provision of services to private patients by the NHS.

Almost always voted for reforming the NHS so GPs buy services on behalf of their patients.

Almost always voted against introducing foundation hospitals.

Generally voted against smoking bans.

Consistently voted against allowing terminally ill people to be given assistance to end their life.

How Damian Green voted on Education

Consistently voted for greater autonomy for schools.

Consistently voted for raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year.

Consistently voted for academy schools.


Consistently voted for ending financial support for some 16-19 year olds in training and further education Show.

Voted a mixture of for and against university tuition fees.

Other offices held in the past

The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice (6 Sep 2012 to 15 Jul 2014)

The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice (6 Sep 2012 to 15 Jul 2014)

The Minister for Immigration (13 May 2010 to 6 Sep 2012)

Shadow Minister (Home Affairs) (10 Dec 2005 to 6 May 2010)

Member, Treasury Committee (12 Jul 2005 to 16 Jan 2006)


Member, Home Affairs Committee (11 Oct 2004 to 12 Jul 2005)

Shadow Secretary of State for Transport (10 Nov 2003 to 1 Sep 2004)

Shadow Secretary of State for Education (18 Sep 2001 to 10 Nov 2003)

Shadow Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (1 Jun 1999 to 1 Jun 2001)

Shadow Spokesperson (Education) (1 Jun 1998 to 1 Jun 1999)

Shadow Spokesperson (Work and Pensions) (1 Jun 1998 to 1 Jun 1999)

Member, Procedure Committee (31 Jul 1997 to 5 Nov 1998)

Member, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (28 Jul 1997 to 22 Jun 1998)

Commenting on the appointment today of Damian Green as Work and Pensions Secretary, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “The new Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green inherits the two great challenges of an oncoming child poverty crisis and a universal credit benefit that was meant to make work pay but was left eviscerated by Summer budget cuts.

“We look forward to working with him to ensure that those challenges are overcome so that the country does indeed work for all families, rather than just some.”

Jon Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister without Portfolio, responding to Theresa May’s new Cabinet, said: “We had warm words from the Prime Minister yesterday on the need for her Government to stand up for more than just a privileged few.

“But Theresa May’s appointments are completely out of kilter with her words on the steps of Downing Street yesterday. It’s difficult to see this new-look Cabinet as anything other than a sharp shift to the right by the Tories.

“The test now is to demonstrate that all members of the Tory Government are wholly committed to the priorities Theresa May set out yesterday.

“Labour will continue to hold this failing Tory Government to account.”


Information provided by TheyWorkForYou. Further information about Damian Green MP and his voting record can be found here.