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