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Edward Timpson replaces Tim Loughton as Children’s Minister

Family law barrister will be responsible for adoption and children in care

Edward Timpson has replaced Tim Loughton as the Children's Minister within the Department for Education. Mr Loughton had been in office for two years and had previously been the shadow minister for seven years. In recent months he has been responsible for the implementation of the government's proposed legislation on children and adoption.

Mr Timpson has been MP for Crewe and Nantwich since the by-election in May 2008. From 1999 until 2008, he had practised as a family law barrister, specialising in children cases.

He sat on the Children Schools and Families Select Committee and the Joint Committee on Human Rights. He has also been Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) on Adoption and Fostering, and on Looked After Children and Care Leavers, Vice Chairman on the APPG for Runaway Missing Children and Vice Chairman of the APPG on Epilepsy.

As well as an elder sister and brother, he has two adopted younger brothers. His parents have also fostered 87 children over the last 30 years.