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May hands Leadsom Environment Secretary role

Prime Minister Theresa May has given a job to her former rival for the Conservative leadership.

South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom has been appointed appointed Environment Secretary in the new cabinet.

The role was previously held by South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss who was promoted to Justice Secretary earlier today.

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Liz Truss looking forward to 'getting stuck in' to new role

Liz Truss leaves Downing Street today. Credit: PA

New Justice Secretary Liz Truss has tweeted her excitement after she was appointed today as part of Theresa May's reshuffle.

The South West Norfolk MP posted that she was "delighted" to be given the opportunity and also added that she couldn't wait to get "stuck in" to her new role.

Queen approves Truss as first female Lord Chancellor

The Queen has officially approved Truss. Credit: Downing Street

The Queen has officially approved the appointment of South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss as the new Justice Secretary.

Truss has also been confirmed as the first female Lord Chancellor, meaning she is the highest officer of the Crown.

Norfolk MP Liz Truss promoted to Justice Secretary

Liz Truss. Credit: PA

South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss has been promoted to Justice Secretary as part of Theresa May's cabinet reshuffle.

Truss has been serving as Environment Secretary but will now take over from Michael Gove who was sacked this morning.

The appointment means that Truss is the first female Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary.

Essex MP Whittingdale leaves culture secretary role

John Whittingdale won't be part of Theresa May's cabinet. Credit: PA

Maldon MP John Whittingdale has left his role as Culture Secretary.

The 56-year-old tweeted that it had been a "privilege" to serve the government and wished his successor "every success".

New Prime Minister Theresa May is putting together her new cabinet this morning, with Michael Gove and Nicky Morgan among the other high-profile casualties.

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Plans for Oxford-Cambridge 'Varsity Line' gathering speed

Video report from ITV Anglia's Liz Summers

A parliamentary debate about 'East West Rail' - which aims to introduce faster and more reliable trains between Oxford and Cambridge via Milton Keynes - could bring the project a step closer.

If it gets the go-ahead the long term programme called 'Futures 2050' would boost jobs and homes across the region and ultimately see the so called Varsity Line reopen.

The proposed line would connect the university cities of Oxford and Cambridge. Credit: ITV Anglia

"The section from Oxford through to Bedford has started and is well on the way to complete.

We obviously want to extend that from Bedford, through Milton Keynes towards Cambridge.

We've done a lot of work, we've got a corridor we'll now investigate the actual route we will consult on that but obviously what we do need next is the finance from central government."

– Cllr Ian Bates, Chairman of East West Rail (central section)
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