HEXHAM MP Guy Opperman has been reappointed as Minister for Pensions and Financial Inclusion.

Mr Opperman kept his role at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) during Boris Johnson's Cabinet reshuffle this week, which saw several high-profile MPs lose their ministerial positions.

Mr Opperman spoke of his pride at being asked to continue to serve in the Government.

He said: "It is a tremendous honour for me to have been asked by the Prime Minister to continue to serve in the Government as Minister for Pensions and Financial Inclusion.

"This is an area of policy I care passionately about and where we have already seen real progress.

"Over the coming months I will be responsible for taking a bill through the House of Commons and it contains many exciting innovations for consumers, businesses and the unions.

"The big idea we are driving forward over the coming months and years is how we harness the £1.6 trillion currently invested in UK occupational pensions to address climate risk and in doing so give consumers full information, and therefore choice, about how their money is invested.

"This really could be a vital cog in the wheel of how we meaningfully address the threat of climate change."

Mr Opperman has been a minister in the DWP since June 2017.