A SECOND former St. Ambrose College pupil has been promoted by Theresa May.

Paul Maynard has earned promotion from Under Secretary for Transport to the Whip's Office.

Paul went to St. Ambrose from 1986 to 1993. He later went to Oxford and gained a first class honours degree which he attributes to “the careful teaching at Ambrose.”

Paul, who has cerebral palsy, only the second MP with the condition, said: “I contested Twickenham in 2005 against Vince Cable before being selected a year later for Blackpool North and Cleveleys in 2006, winning it from Labour in 2010 and increasing my majority to 3,340 in 2015 and winning again last year.

“After a few years as a Parliamentary private secretary to Oliver Letwin then Amber Rudd, I was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Transport, responsible for light rail and trams. My new role is a wonderful challenge at a key time for the Government.

“St Ambrose for me will always be a place that gave me an opportunity that I might not otherwise have had and encouraged me to aim a high. It was never less than stimulating, and my memories will always be fond ones, not least of the staff.”

Last week Damian Hinds, who was at St. Ambrose from 1979 to 1986 was promoted to Education Secretary.

St Ambrose College's Principal James Keulemans said: “To have one government minister is wonderful, to have two is quite incredible and both Paul and Damian are moving rapidly up the ranks.

“We always follow with the greatest interest the careers of our old boys. Damian and Paul were outstanding students of the College and are an inspiration to today’s young Ambrosians. We congratulate them on their promotions and wish them every success in the future.”