ESTHER McVey is a Tory MP and Cabinet member of Theresa May's Conservative Government.
After reentering Parliament in former Chancellor George Osborne's Tatton seat in 2017, the Liverpool-born politician was handed a senior Government post in January 2018. Here's what we know about her.
Esther McVey was born in Liverpool and graduated in law before becoming a graduate trainee with the BBC in 1991.
She went on to work in media for the next 10 years as a broadcaster and a journalist for GMTV, numerous BBC shows and Channel 4.
In 2010, Esther became the first and only Conservative MP on Merseyside since 1997.
In 2012 she was appointed Minister for Disabled people and in 2013 she was made the Minister of State for Employment.
In the 2015 general election McVey was defeated by Labour candidate Margaret Greenwood.
Ms McVey successfully defended the Tory seat of Tatton in Cheshire, the former constituency of George Osborne, at the 2017 General Election,
She took up "roles in business" including "Chair of British Transport Police Authoriy, Honorary Fellow of Liverpool University and Senior Advisor to an international communications company", according to her website.
Ms McVey then successfully defended the Tory seat of Tatton in Cheshire, the former constituency of George Osborne, at the 2017 General Election.
In January 2018, she was appointed Work and Pensions Secretary by Theresa May.
In 2016, Labour Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell refused to apologise for saying McVey should be lynched.
Two years earlier he called then jobs minister Esther McVey a "stain on humanity" because of disability benefit cuts.
The staunch Jeremy Corbyn ally stood by his insult and said it was OK to "express honest anger".
Ms McVey accused him of "whipping up a culture of bullying" and "linking politics with violence".
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