I was again re-elected to serve as MP for Watford in May 2005 and was then asked to join the government benches as a junior whip. In the May 2006 reshuffle I was promoted to government whip and Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury. When Gordon Brown became Prime Minister in June 2007 I was pleased to be reappointed as a government whip.
In a Government re-shuffle in 2008 I was promoted to an even more senior position within the Whip's office which brings me into regular contact with the Queen.
As Vice Chamberlain of Her Majesty's Household -I have a dual role . I act as political liason between the Palace of Westminster and Buckingham Palace as well as helping to develop a new sense of purpose and unity amongst fellow Labour MPs.
Note: ****Claire was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State on 9 June 2009 as part of Gordon Brown's re-shuffle of his Parliamentary team.
Her responsibilities in her new job are as follows:
•Criminal Justice Group (offender management strategy – joint with Maria Eagle)
•Office for Criminal Justice Reform (joint with Home Office ministers and the Attorney General) and sponsorship of
Criminal Cases Review Commission and Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority
•Criminal Justice System Volunteering Ministerial Champion
•ID card implementation
•Tackling Knives Action Programme
•National Crime Reduction Board – representing the Ministry of Justice – and London Local Criminal Justice Board
•NOMS operational policy and casework
◦Independent Monitoring Board (appointments, transfers, reports etc)
◦Mental Health (including Bradley implementation)
◦HM Inspectorate of Prisons reports
◦NOMS compensation claims
◦NOMS freedom of information
Further information can be obtained from the Ministry of Justice website by clicking here.