Burnham-On-Sea MP James Heappey is set to become Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Parliamentary Private Secretary.

Boris — who visited Highbridge during June in the Tory leadership election campaign, as pictured above — has this week appointed Mr Heappey into the role of one of his two PPSs, the other being MP Alex Burghart of Brentwood & Ongar.

Talking to Burnham-On-Sea.com, Mr Heappey said: “I am honoured that the Prime Minister has asked me to be his PPS at this pivotal time for our country.”

”It will be fascinating to attend Cabinet and work in Number 10 but, much more importantly, I’ve vital work to do helping colleagues from across the House to share their views with our PM and to understand his plans for the country’s future.”

“The PM grew up in Somerset and my co-PPS Alex Burghart was educated here too.”

”So it will be great to have Somerset’s voice at the heart of Government and I look forward to working with ministers across Whitehall to deliver for the Wells Constituency.”