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Richhill man adviser to Justice Secretary

Ralph Hewitt

By Ralph Hewitt

A Co Armagh man has been appointed as a top adviser to the newly-appointed Justice Secretary.

Richhill's Peter Cardwell began his new role under Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland at Westminster on Monday.

Acting as a special adviser, the 35-year-old has been chosen as a political counsellor within the Justice Department.

Mr Cardwell told the Portadown Times: "It is a huge honour to be asked to advise Robert at the Ministry of Justice and I am very grateful to him and Downing Street for appointing me.

"I am really looking forward to getting stuck into my new role."

Previously, Mr Cardwell worked as special adviser to the former Secretary of State James Brokenshire, both at the Northern Ireland Office and when Mr Brokenshire was Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

He also briefly advised both former Home Secretary Amber Rudd and former Secretary of State Karen Bradley.

Mr Cardwell lived in Richhill until he moved to England to attend Oxford University, but still visits parents Ken and Sandra.

Ken Cardwell is a retired principal of Tandragee Primary School who recently stepped down from Glenavon FC's board, while Mrs Cardwell spent much of her career working for the Southern Education and Library Board in special education.

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