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STEPHEN Barclay has been given one of the largest portfolios in the Government after the Covid pandemic - health.

Here's what we know about the new boy in the post as he takes over after Sajid Javid's shock resignation.

1 Stephen Barclay has been appointed Brexit SecretaryCredit: Press Association Images Who is Stephen Barclay?

Stephen Paul Barclay has been MP for North East Cambridge since May 2010.

The 46-year-old grew up in Lancashire before joining the Army and attending Sandhurst.

He served as a Second Lieutenant with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers for five months.

After his short military career he read history at Cambridge University before training as a lawyer and going on to a career in The City.

He joined the Conservative Party in 1994 after leaving Cambridge and was twice an unsuccessful parliamentary candidate, contesting Manchester Blackley in 1997 and Lancaster & Wyre in 2001.

In 2007 he became Organiser of the Carlton Political Dinner which raises funds for the Conservative Party’s target seats.

Barclay was selected in January 2008 to replace outgoing North East Cambridgeshire MP, Malcolm Moss and was voted at the 2010 general election with a majority of 16,425.

After getting to parliament Barclay was elected by fellow MPs to become a member of the Public Accounts Committee.

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Theresa May appointed the obscure junior minister to be the next Brexit Secretary after Michael Gove turned the job down - fearing it would prove a poisoned chalice.

The PM asked Barclay, a Leave-voting Health Minister, to take over from Dominic Raab as a leadership crisis swirled around her.

The role, previously one of the most powerful in the Cabinet, has been downgraded and will now only involve preparing Britain for our EU exit.

Mr Barclay was "The Prime Minster's choice for the job", according to her representatives, but they declined to say whether or not he was her first choice for the role.

Since then, Barclay has held a number of roles in Government, including becoming the Chief Secretary to the Treasury when Boris Johnson became Prime Minister.

He then had roles as Minister for the Cabinet Office, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and the Downing Street chief of staff.

Barclay is now the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care after the role was exited by Sajid Javid.

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Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman appeared for a rally in Pennsylvania on Friday, returning to the campaign trail nearly three months after being hospitalized due to a stroke.

Fetterman addressed supporters at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, Pennsylvania, sending a signal of hope to Democrats who are seeking to gain the Senate seat in order to maintain their majorities in Congress come November. The event on Friday also served as the first time supporters were able to assess his recovery after Republicans have spent weeks questioning whether he is fit for office due to his health.


Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, the state's Democratic nominee for Senate poses for a selfie with supporters after speaking at a rally in Erie, Pennsylvania, on Friday. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

“Thank you so much for being here tonight, thank you so much, because really, tonight is about being grateful, just grateful,” Fetterman said. “Three months ago, my life could have ended — it’s the truth. But I’m so grateful to be here tonight.”

His challenger, Dr. Mehmet Oz, has repeatedly criticized Fetterman for being largely absent from the campaign trail, challenging the Democrat to agree to five moderated debates before the general election in November. Oz’s challenge came just hours before Fetterman was set to appear at his rally as an attempt to highlight the Democrat’s health amid concerns over whether he is capable of serving a full term in the Senate.

Fetterman’s campaign indicated he would be open to a debate but did not specify how many or whether it would agree to the terms laid out by Oz, according to NBC News. Going further, a spokesperson for the campaign dismissed Oz’s challenge as “an obvious and pathetic attempt to change the subject during yet another bad week.”

Fetterman was hospitalized in mid-May after suffering a stroke just days before winning the nomination for Senate in Pennsylvania, a key swing state in the midterm elections in November, later conceding he “almost died.” He was then diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a condition that causes the heart muscle to become weakened and enlarged.


However, he maintains that the incident would not hinder him from completing his Senate duties.

Fetterman had previously been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, an irregular heart rhythm, in 2017 after experiencing swelling in his feet. He was instructed to return for a follow-up appointment in the next few months but did not return until five years after his initial diagnosis — raising questions about whether the Democrat is in good enough health to run in one of the most competitive Senate races in the country.

Pennsylvania’s Senate race has been called a toss-up by nonpartisan election analysts, and the seat is seen as possibly the best pickup opportunity for Democrats as Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) retires and Democrats seek to maintain or grow their Senate majority.

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