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Angela Evans Smith is new third sector minister - 8 June 2009

The former parliamentary private secretary to Gordon Brown, Angela Evans Smith, has become the new minister for the third sector.

She replaces Kevin Brennan, who has moved on to Peter Mandelson's new Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Smith will become a minister of state rather than a parliamentary under secretary, as Brennan was. She has also been appointed to the Privy Council, though she will not be a full cabinet minister.

Smith, the MP for Basildon, was first elected to parliament at the 1997 general election. She became a government whip in 2001 before becoming Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in 2002. She subsequently moved to the Communities and Local Government department before becoming Gordon Brown's parliamentary private secretary when he became Prime Minister in June 2007.

Last Friday, Tessa Jowell replaced Liam Byrne as Minister for the Cabinet Office, where the Office of the Third Sector is based.

Angela Evans Smith is new third sector minister - Third Sector Article