John Hayes has been moved from his role as energy minister to a new post as ‘senior parliamentary adviser’.
The MP for South Holland and the Deepings, who covers Donington, Quadring and Gosberton, has changed positions as part of a move announced by Prime Minister David Cameron.
Mr Hayes, an outspoken critic of wind farm developments in south Lincolnshire, had hit the headlines for his opoosition to turbines while in his energy role.
Michael Fallon will add Mr Hayes’ energy responsibilities to his brief in the business department.
Mr Hayes becomes a minister of state without portfolio in the Cabinet Office and has been appointed to the Privy Council.
His new position will see him attend the Prime Minister’s daily 8.30am and 4pm meetings and take him into the heart of 10 Downing Street.