Robert Jenrick says improvements are being made, despite his constituency being among the areas being ranked among the worst by the Social Mobility Commission.
The head of a government body designed to monitor social injustices across the country is quitting because of a lack of progress on the issue.
Alan Milburn says he has little hope ministers will be able to do what's necessary.
It claims Mr Milburn only resigned after being told a new chair was being appointed to the Social Mobility Commission.
Earlier this week the Commission released a report flagging up Newark as one of the worst places in the country for the opportunities for young people..
It also looked at things like schools, top jobs and rates of pay.
Robert Jenrick says Newark was slightly mislabelled and there are more issues in villages to the West.
He also says they made huge improvement to local school recently, including appointing two new Headteachers at the Towns Secondaries.