Anne Snelgrove has been picked by Prime Minister Gordon Brown as his Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS), a role which includes working directly with the PM and Downing Street staff and acting as the link between No.10 and Members of Parliament. She will be responsible for keeping the PM in touch with what MPs are thinking – crucial at this time when the parliamentary party is so febrile, with some MPs reputed to be plotting against Brown – and she will attend Cabinet meetings.
Gordon Brown said, “I have asked Anne to work closely with me because I know from her work for South Swindon that she is someone who gets things done. Anne has an important job to do in helping Members of Parliament raise concerns with me. I know that she will do this well because she has worked successfully as the PPS for several Cabinet Ministers, including Ed Balls. We share the objective of supporting the car industry and building the foundations for prosperity in Swindon and around the country. I look forward to working closely with Anne in Downing Street.”
Commenting on her appointment Anne said, “I am honoured to accept Gordon’s invitation to work so closely with him. One of my tasks will be to keep him briefed on the concerns of Members of Parliament. This opportunity to work so closely to the heart of Government will help me to raise Swindon’s profile even higher in these difficult economic times.
"I will do everything I can to assist Gordon to deliver for the country and Swindon. Gordon has shown great economic leadership in the rescue of the banking industry, in getting world leaders to agree at the G20, and in providing support for hard working families in Swindon through these hard times."
Following Gordon’s visits to Swindon in the last year Anne believes this shows South Swindon is “crucial in the next general election.”
Anne is the third woman in history to have been made PPS to the Prime Minister.