Vara in Belfast for his first visit as Northern Ireland Secretary

Shailesh Vara with young people

New Northern Ireland Secretary Shailesh Vara has visited the region for the first time since his appointment.

Mr Vara was appointed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday following the resignation of Brandon Lewis.

Mr Lewis joined dozens of Tory ministers who left the Cabinet in a revolt against Mr Johnson, who then announced his own resignation – although he intends to remain in post until his successor be found.

Mr Vara visited the Prince’s Trust in Belfast on Friday, where he met young people supported by the work of the charity.

He said: ‘It was fantastic to visit the Prince’s Trust on my first visit to Northern Ireland as Secretary of State today and to find out more about how the charity supports the young people by developing their confidence and the skills needed to succeed through education, training and employment. .

“As we build a fairer, more equal and tolerant society in Northern Ireland, the government remains committed to increasing respect, understanding and reconciliation between communities in Northern Ireland, and helping to build a better environment for future generations.

“I look forward to meeting more people from across Northern Ireland in the days and weeks to come.