Starting his career as a barrister, Lewis swiftly moved into politics, first as a councillor for Brentwood Borough Council from 1998 to 2009, and later as the MP for Great Yarmouth in 2010.
Lewis has served in several Ministerial roles since his election to Parliament. Initially he was appointed to the Department for Communities and Local Government, first as Parliamentary Under Secretary in 2012-2014, and later as the Minister of State for Housing and Planning 2014-2016. In 2016, Lewis moved to the Home Office working eventually as Immigration Minister. In 2018 he became Conservative Party Chairman. Prior to his current role as Justice Secretary, Lewis served as Northern Ireland Secretary where he was at the forefront of defending the Government's decision to put forward legislation on the Northern Ireland Protocol.
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Lewis has already agreed to meet with striking members of the Criminal Bar Association (CBA), to try and negotiate an end to the dispute over legal aid fees. His ability to end the strike will be his first key test in post. A second point of interest will be what he decides to do regarding reform of the UK's Human Rights laws, after No.10 pulled the Bill from Parliament.