Bury North MP James Daly has been appointed to a key position in the Conservative Party.

Mr Daly has been made a deputy chair of the party, following in the footsteps of MPs Lee Anderson and Brendan Clarke-Smith, who resigned as joint-deputy chairmen over the Rwanda vote last month. 

He last held a prominent government position in 2022 as the parliamentary private secretary (PPS) at the Department for Work and Pensions under Boris Johnson. 

In a wave of party resignations, he stepped down in July 2022, a day before the Mr Johnson resigned after stating he had "lost confidence" in the Prime Minister. 

Following the announcement on Tuesday, Mr Daly said: “It is truly an honour to be appointed a deputy chair of the Conservative Party.

"The Conservative Party is a force for good in our country, committed to equality of opportunity for all.

"I am proud to support our Prime Minister in his mission to improve the lives of everyone throughout the UK.

"Here in Bury, I will continue to fight for our communities and deliver for our town.”

Conservative Party chairman Richard Holden MP added: "Very pleased to announce that the brilliant James Daly MP will be joining our Conservatives team as a deputy chairman. 

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"He’s a very hardworking and campaigning MP for Bury North and an excellent former PPS in a number of departments who will be a huge asset as one of our deputy chairman for campaigning.

"Looking forward to working closely with him over the coming months and sure he’ll be ready to get stuck in!"