Deepings MP John Hayes has been appointed senior parliamentary adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron as part of a shake-up in ministerial roles.
Mr Hayes was previously the Government’s energy minister.
Mr Cameron announced changes to his ministerial team today (Thursday).
Michael Fallon has taken on responsibility for energy as part of his brief in the business department.
Mr Hayes becomes a minister of state without portfolio in the Cabinet Office and has been appointed to the Privy Council, a statement from the Government confirmed.
His new role will place him at the heart of 10 Downing Street.
Mr Hayes will attend the Prime Minister’s daily 8.30am and 4pm meetings.
His remit will be to improve links with backbench MPs.
After taking on the role of energy minister in September, Mr Hayes caused controversy in the Department for Energy after calling for an end to the “invasion” of wind turbines across the countryside.
He served as skills minister before he was appointed as energy minister.