MP Barclay gets a promotion as Prime Minister Theresa May puts the finishing touches to her new administration

PUBLISHED: 12:09 17 July 2016 | UPDATED: 12:09 17 July 2016

MP Steve Barclay earlier this month being interviewed about the need for more women MPs.

MP Steve Barclay earlier this month being interviewed about the need for more women MPs.

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NE Cambs Steve Barclay has been promoted to a whip in the new Government of Prime Minister Theresa May - for the past year he's been an assistant whip under David Cameron.

Mr Barclay’s promotion – though Parliamentary figures show the salaries for his previous and new role are the same- will continue to mean his absence from House of Commons debates. Under Parliamentary procedure whips do not speak in debates.

With Mrs May inheriting a Government majority of just 12, the role of whips in coming months will be critical.

Their job is to ensure members toe the party line, they organise ‘pairing’ with opposition members to allow for absences, and they help arrange Commons business.

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