Three Somerville alumni received Cabinet appointments in the July government reshuffle.

Sam Gyimah (1995, PPE) formerly Parliamentary Private Secretary to David Cameron, was appointed Under Secretary of State for Education, with a specific responsibility for Early Years Intervention. He was also appointed to a second ministerial post at the Cabinet Office, with responsibility for Constitutional Affairs. He is the MP for East Surrey.

Baroness (Lucy) Neville-Rolfe (1970, PPE), who joined the House of Lords as a life peer in September 2013, was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with specific responsibility for Intellectual Property. Her appointment was written up in greater detail in an article in the Financial Times.

Therese Coffey (1989, Chemistry) was appointed Deputy Government Whip. She is the MP for Suffolk Coastal.

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