MPs land roles in first major cabinet reshuffle

THREE MPs have landed jobs in the Coalition Government’s first cabinet reshuffle.

Matthew Hancock, Elizabeth Truss and Dr Daniel Poulter, who have represented constituencies in Suffolk and Norfolk since the last election, have climbed the political career ladder after being given junior minister roles.

It follows Prime Minister David Cameron’s first major overhaul of the cabinet since the Conservative and Liberal Democrat Coalition was formed two years ago.

Mr Hancock, who represents West Suffolk, has been appointed Joint Parliamentary Undersecretary for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Education.

He will be able to draw on his experiences working for his family computer software business, Border Business Systems, and his five years as an economist at the Bank of England. The 33-year-old said: “I’m delighted to become a Minister in the Department for Business and the Department for Education. I passionately believe in the importance of turning around our economy, helping businesses create jobs, and improving skills and apprenticeships. It is a huge honour to serve in Government as well as serving my constituents in West Suffolk. I’ll give it my all.”

Ms Truss, South West Norfolk MP, has been named as Parliamentary Undersecretary for Early Years at the Department of Education.

It follows her vocal campaigning for reforms to early years childcare - presenting papers which have called for cuts to red tape and bureaucracy to allow for more affordable and available childcare. She said: “‘I am delighted and feel very honoured to have been offered this position. I look forward to working within the Department for Education and formulating policy that has real benefit for families not only in South West Norfolk but across the UK as a whole.”

Meanwhile Dr Poulter, who represents Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, has been made a Parliamentary Undersecretary for public health. He worked as an NHS hospital doctor specialising in obstetrics, gynaecology and women’s health. Dr Poulter still practices medicine as a hospital doctor on a part time basis. He said: “I’m delighted to be given the chance to use my frontline experience as an NHS hospital doctor to make a real difference in improving the quality of care available for people in Suffolk and the rest of the country.”