Andrew Griffith has been moved from the position of City minister, during yesterday’s string of Tory cabinet reshuffles.
Griffith will now take the role of Minister of State for Science, Research and Innovation, replacing Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman.
Griffith, who has been MP for Arundel & South Downs for four years, held the Economic Secretary to the Treasury & City Minister role since October last year.
In a LinkedIn post late on Monday evening, he said:
‘We’re on the forefront of revolutionary technological development and I look forward to building on my work as City Minister to unleash capital to support these exciting opportunities.’
Griffith is replaced by the former Freshfields and HSBC man Bim Afolami. Citywire has run the rule over a man who has shown an unusual zeal for ‘smart regulation.’
Moving into the City minister position is Bim Afolami, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden. Afolami was previously a corporate lawyer, and later a HSBC banker.
A brutal sport, politics.
Andrew Griffith was forced to grin and bear it amongst the City’s great and good at last night’s Lord Mayor’s Banquet, with the news breaking of his move to the business department landing halfway through the confit duck main course.
PLSA conference delegates will remember being palmed off by a keynote delivered by Griffith byt Zoom that appeared barely rehearsed.
In October he spoke for the Treasury and DWP on Pensions, today he is not.