CHIPPENHAM MP Michelle Donelan has announced that she is pregnant and expecting to give birth at the end of next April.

The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport says she plans to take a ‘short maternity leave’ from her government department.

The Conservative MP was appointed to the Cabinet role after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak succeeded Liz Truss in September.

In a post on social media, Miss Donelan, 38, said: “My husband & I are very excited & blessed to be expecting a baby next year.

“I’ll be taking a short maternity leave from DCMS. I’ll reduce the number of constituency visits during this time but I shall still be on hand throughout to help local residents supported by my great team.”

Many of Miss Donelan’s colleagues, including former Health Secretary Sajid Javid, were quick to congratulate her and her husband.

Miss Donelan has been the MP for Chippenham since May 7 2015.