An Indian-origin ShaileshVara, who held the junior ministerial post of parliamentary undersecretary of state in the Northern Ireland Office, has been endorsed by British Prime Minister Theresa May to the rank of a minister of state in the same department. Vara said: “I am of course very pleased with the promotion. The work in Northern Ireland is hugely important, especially as we leave the European Union, ensuring that there is no hard border with Ireland.” The promotion of Vara, a Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) from North-West Cambridgeshire, means there are now two ministers of state in the May government of Indian origin. Alok Sharma, MP from Reading West, is a minister of state for employment in the department of work and pensions.  Two other Indian-origin MPs holding junior ministerial posts are Rishi Sunak (MP from Richmond, Yorkshire), who is parliamentary undersecretary of state in the department of housing, communities and local government, and parliament undersecretary in the department for exiting the European Union SuellaBraverman. Called ‘parliamentary under-secretary of state’, junior ministers are the third and lowest tier in the hierarchy in Britain.

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