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Suffolk: MPs get junior minister jobs in Cameron’s reshuffle

PUBLISHED: 19:33 04 September 2012 | UPDATED: 19:41 04 September 2012

Dr Dan Poulter

Dr Dan Poulter

TWO Suffolk MPs have landed new jobs in David Cameron’s first reshuffle.

West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock has become a junior minister in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, while Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP Daniel Poulter is now a junior health minister.

The Prime Minister has shaken up his top team in a move which appears designed to quell unrest within his Conservative Party.

But he sparked a row with London Mayor Boris Johnson by moving Justine Greening, a strong opponent of a third runway at Heathrow Airport, away from the transport brief.

Mr Johnson accused the Prime Minister of planning to ditch his promise not to expand Heathrow, but Downing Street insisted that the appointment of Patrick McLoughlin as Transport Secretary did not signal a shift in Government policy.

Other high-profile moves included the appointment of Jeremy Hunt as Health Secretary, replacing the architect of controversial NHS reforms Andrew Lansley, who is demoted to Leader of the Commons.

Mr Hunt’s promotion, despite controversy over his handling of the BSkyB takeover bid as Culture Secretary and the Liberal Democrats’ refusal to back him in Parliament, was seen as a reward for the successful delivery of the London Olympics.

And the former banker credited with helping bring the Olympics in on budget and on time, Locog chief executive Paul Deighton, was brought into the Government as Treasury minister for infrastructure and economic delivery.

The coalition’s first major reshuffle was discussed by Mr Cameron and his Liberal Democrat deputy Nick Clegg, who brought his close ally David Laws back into government two years after his resignation over an expenses scandal.

Police are appealing for witnesses after an elderly woman reported being robbed in Haverhill on Friday.

A super slimmer from Colchester told she was a ticking time bomb at 32 stone is enjoying a new lease of life – after shedding half her body weight.

The body of a man found near Leavenheath this afternoon is believed to be that of missing Richard Hull, police have confirmed.

A brave Kesgrave teenager who lost a leg to cancer hit headlines for passing her driving test a year early but she may now face losing that independence – and her beloved car.

A short stroll from the Cornhill can be packed with history, change and stories.

The man who spearheaded efforts to build a northern by-pass across Ipswich 25 years ago has backed new plans to build the road that are now emerging.

A man arrested in connection with an incident that saw armed police descend on Ipswich town centre last night will face no further action.

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