Conservative MP Damian Hinds looked nervous but excited today as he appeared before the press ready his first day at ‘big cabinet’.
His wife beamed with pride as she dropped him off at Number Ten in his new suit and shiny shoes. Damian held her hand tightly and it looked for a moment that nerves might get the better of him. However, Jacqui soon managed to calm him with the promise that the third in line for Conservative leader will get extra jelly when he gets home. Pausing only for Mrs Hinds to give his hair a final comb, Damian gave one final wave to the cameras before going through the big black door.
Ministers insist that Damian won’t get any special treatment in the £145,000-a-year job, and will be encouraged to ‘learn from his own mistakes’ like every other minister. Meetings are thought to have commenced as soon as the minister located the peg with his name on, and Damian is said to have made new friends, though a spat with Boris Johnson over who gets to sack the milk monitor apparently left his colleague in tears.
At going home time Damian reappeared, proudly waving a colourful chart depicting free school university progression rates. Theresa May later told the press Damian had a ‘lovely day’ closing sand pits, telling the other ministers what he did during Parliamentary recess and the colouring in The Queen’s speech with brightly coloured crayons.