London (Parliament Politics Magazine) – Edward Argar is a British politician. He is serving as Minister of State for Victims and Sentencing since October 2022. The MEP also served as the Chief Secretary to the Treasury in October 2022. He is also a member of the Conservative Party and has served as the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice from 2018 to 2019. Argar was also the Minister of Health from 2019 to 2022, and Paymaster General from September to October 2022. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Charnwood since the 2015 general election.
Biography And Early Career
Edward John Comport Argar was born on 9 December 1977. He was born in Ashford and went to Harvey Grammar School for his early education. Argar earned a degree of 2:1 in modern history at Oriel College, Oxford. After leaving university, he spent years working as Press Secretary for Shadow Foreign Secretary Lord Ancram. At that time, he shared an office with then Shadow Cabinet Minister Sir Alan Duncan.
During his early career, Edward also worked with Hedra, a management consultancy that was taken over by Mouchel. In February 2013, Edward was elected to the South East Regional Council of the CBI, and described himself as the ‘Head of Public Affairs, Serco UK & Europe’.
Edward stood in the Oxford East general election. He promised that a Conservative government would deliver a fairer society and can offer better public services and more NHS investment. He was defeated by Andrew Smith, who is former Work and Pensions minister.
Argar subsequently participated in the constituencies of Newark, Tonbridge and Malling, Wealden, and Mid Worcestershire, before he was selected to take part in the safe seat of Charnwood. Argar gave his maiden speech and praised the predecessor, Stephen Dorrell. He also worked a lot on the progress of a project related to dementia care and mental health provision. He also believes that more should be promised and the government should work towards further improvement.
Dementia Awareness Campaign
Argar started a debate on dementia in September 2015. He appreciated the work done by the previous Labour government and formulated a new dementia strategy. He also visited the Syston community center and shared that the government has committed to providing £66m for research on this disease. He also paid tribute to the Alzheimer’s Society named Alzheimer’s Research UK and Age UK for their work.
Argar stressed that hospitals should become more dementia-friendly places. He hoped Leicestershire County Council, will provide Government funding, that could provide care support for rural areas. Argar expressed concerns that 41% of hospitals do not offer awareness training to their staff for dementia.
Edward was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Home Secretary in the January 2019 reshuffle. He was then appointed as Under-Secretary of State for Justice in June 2018. Edward replaced Philip Lee and was later appointed as the Minister of State at the Department of Health and Social Care on 10 September 2019.
Argar was previously Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice between 14 June 2018 and 10 September 2019. The website Conservative Home praised the dedication of Edward and listed that Argar has always followed the party line and has helped the parliament in making the right decisions. The Law Gazette described him as a little-known backbencher’ and said that should focus his campaigns more on the treatment of women and child offenders.
On 6 July 2022, Argar resigned from the government because of the criticism of Boris Johnson’s handling of the Chris Pincher scandal, followed by a lot of rages in the ministerial resignations. On 7 September 2022, Edward was appointed Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office in Liz Truss’s first cabinet. After the appointment of Rishi Sunak as Prime Minister, Argar left the Cabinet and was appointed Minister of State for Victims and Sentencing in the Ministry of Justice.
Edward Arger owned a house in Syston, but Westminster City Council documents state that he is a tenant in a flat on Winchester Street, Pimlico. A better source is needed to confirm whether Edward owns his private home or not. Argar married Laetitia Glossop on 3 September 2022. The wedding ceremony was held at the parish church in Hindon, Wiltshire
Edward Argar has an estimated net worth of 10 million. His source of income is his political career. He continues to be appointed in the Ministry of Justice and his net worth is expected to increase in the coming years.