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The ups and downs of the reshuffle for the East's MPs

Essex MP Priti Patel, Norfolk MP Brandon Lewis, Northamptonshire Andrea Leadsom and Norfolk MP Liz Truss are all in Theresa May's Cabinet. Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire

There has been promotion and demotion for MPs for the Anglia region in Theresa May's Cabinet reshuffle following the General Election.

South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss has been moved from her job as Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor to be deputy to the Chancellor as Chief Secretary to the Treasury. Although she will still attend Cabinet, it is not a full Cabinet position.

Fellow Norfolk MP Brandon Lewis moves up the minister ladder. The MP for Great Yarmouth, he remains as Home Office Minister but will now also attend Cabinet meetings.

Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis now attends Cabinet as a Home Office Minister. Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire

The South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom has been moved from Secretary of State for the Environment to become Leader of the House of Commons in charge of government business in Parliament.

Mrs Leadsom will also not be a full Cabinet minister but will attend Cabinet meetings.

She is replaced at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs by Michael Gove who returns to government after his ill-fated Conservative leadership bid in 2016.

The MP for Witham in Essex, Priti Patel, retains her Cabinet position as Secretary of Stare for International Development.

Norfolk MP Liz Truss is moved from Justice Secretary to become the more junior Chief Secretary to the Treasury. Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire

Aylesbury MP David Lidington was the Leader of the Commons but has received a step up as the new Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary.

He replaces Liz Truss in a move that will be seen as a demotion. There had been speculation she could be axed altogether following fierce criticism from the judiciary over her failure to speak out in support of judges who were criticised over the Article 50 High Court ruling.

The decision to keep her in the Government will be seen as another indication of Mrs May's weakness following the loss of her Commons majority.

Priti Patel, who has been reappointed as International Development Secretary, leaves 10 Downing Street. Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire

Prominent Brexiteer Priti Patel was employment minister before taking on the international development role.

The 45-year-old studied at Keele and Essex universities and began work in the Conservative Central Office in 1997.

Ms Patel also worked in consultancy before she became MP for Witham in Essex, in 2010.

Andrea Leadsom, who has been appointed Leader of the Commons, leaves 10 Downing Street. Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire

Andrea Leadsom was brought into the Cabinet as Environment Secretary after she dropped out of the Conservative leadership race in July 2016 allowing Theresa May to become Prime Minister.

Ms Leadsom has been an MP since 2010 and was a leading campaigner for leaving the European Union.

Her majority in South Northamptonshire was cut from 26,416 to 22,840 in the General Election.

Buckinghamshire MP David Lidington is the new Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor. Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire

Promoted to the Ministry of Justice to replace Liz Truss, David Lidington had been Europe minister between 2010 and last year when he moved across to Leader of the House of Commons.

The Cambridge history graduate and father-of-four has been MP for Aylesbury since 1992. He previously worked for BP and mining firm Rio Tinto.

Mr Lidington has held a number of positions including Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from 2003 to 2007.

While at university, Mr Lidington captained the University Challenge team from Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, which won the championship in 1979, according to his website.

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