Greg Hands taking over after sacking of Nadhim Zahawi
Greg Hands MP (right) with the Prime Minister. Picture: Greg Hands
February 7, 2023
Chelsea and Fulham MP Greg Hands has been appointed by the Prime Minister as the new Chairman of the Conservative Party.
The widely rumoured move comes a week after the sacking of the previous incumbent Nadhim Zahawi following rumours about his tax affairs.
Mr Hands is seen by many as qualified to help heal rifts between various factions in the Conservative Party. He has served as a Minister under the last five Prime Ministers.
He has been a member of the party since his student days at Cambridge and was elected MP for Hammersmith and Fulham after a period working in the banking industry and then serving as a councillor in Hammersmith and Fulham.
He has represented the Chelsea and Fulham constituency since its creation in 2010 and supported the Remain campaign locally during the Brexit referendum.
He stepped down from his Ministerial office in 2018 in opposition to plans to expand Heathrow airport was brought back into government by Boris Johnson.
Liz Truss made him trade policy minister, a position he kept when Rishi Sunak became the leader.
Greg Hands said on Twitter after the announcement, “I am excited to be asked by @rishisunak to be Chairman of the @conservatives
“I joined the Party in 1986 - a ward chairman in 1992, a councillor in 1998, a Group Leader in 1999, an MP in 2005, a Minister in 2011 - an honour to chair it in 2023!
“The work starts right away.”
He is now set to take charge of the party’s campaign in local elections which the polls are suggesting will be challenging for the Conservatives.
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