Liz Truss appoints Chris Heaton-Harris as Northern Ireland Secretary

Newly appointed British Prime Minister Liz Truss has named Chris Heaton-Harris as the country’s next secretary for Northern Ireland.

Minister of State for Northern Ireland Conor Burns said: “Chris is a good man and a friend. I can’t wait to support him in the bedroom.”

However, others were less optimistic.

Activist Emma DeSouza tweeted that Northern Ireland should ‘prepare’, describing Mr Heaton-Harris as a ‘hard-core Brexiter’.

He was previously Under Secretary of State in the UK Department for Exiting the EU from July 2018 to April 2019.

He also previously held positions in the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Transport.

He was elected deputy in May 2010.

Talk to Newstalk earlier, former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern said The choice of Ms. Truss here was crucial.

“Who she appoints as Northern Ireland Secretary will be absolutely crucial as she and her senior staff will be very busy with the Ukraine crisis and the energy crisis.

“In reality, the Foreign Secretary is likely to be caught up in Ukraine almost permanently, so the Secretary for Northern Ireland becomes the crucial thing.

“Who she puts in there and maybe who’s number two up there could also be very important,” he said.

Other members of the new UK cabinet have also been announced with Kwasi Kwarteng – a former business secretary – confirmed as the new Chancellor of the Exchequer.

James Cleverly moves to foreign affairs and Suella Braverman has been appointed home secretary, replacing Priti Patel.

Brandon Lewis, former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, has been transferred to justice.

Main image: Chris Heaton-Harris arriving for a UK cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street, London in March 2022. Photo by: Ian Davidson / Alamy Stock Photo