Unemployment in East Anglia falls by 2,000

Unemployment in the region has decreased by 2,000, as the number of people in work nationally reaches its highest level since records began.

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Country Land and Business Association welcome Truss appointment

Liz Truss.
Liz Truss. Credit: PA

The Country Land and Business Association in the East has welcomed the promotion of Norfolk MP Liz Truss to Environment Minister.

The MP for South West Norfolk takes over from Owen Paterson.

The CLA says it hopes she will focus on an agenda which will assure the future of a living and working countryside.

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Andrew Lansley to step down as South Cambridgeshire MP

Andrew Lansley MP.
Andrew Lansley MP. Credit: PA

Former Cabinet minister Andrew Lansley has announced he is stepping down from Parliament at the general election and hopes to get an "international" role.

In a letter to David Cameron, the South Cambridgeshire MP said he told the Prime Minister earlier this year that he would not be seeking re-election.

"You supported my ambition to continue my life of public service in challenging and important roles," he wrote. "I am grateful to you now for expressing your support for me to take such a role in international public service in the months ahead."

The missive does not make clear what post Mr Lansley, who was replaced as Leader of the House of Commons by William Hague, is referring to.

There had been widespread speculation that he could be nominated as the UK's next European commissioner, but Mr Cameron disclosed today that the former Leader of the Lords, Lord Hill, had been put forward.

In his response to Mr Lansley, the premier wrote: "You have much more to give in terms of public service, and I look forward to being able to support you in doing so in the months and years ahead."

Read more: Exchange of letters from Andrew Lansley and PM

The region's winners and losers from Prime Minister David Cameron's government reshuffle

Cambridgeshire MP Andrew Lansley heads to the back benches after he was replaced as leader of the House of Commons.

But the day's big winner was Liz Truss. The rise and rise of the South-West Norfolk MP continued as she was named Environment Secretary and brought into the Cabinet.

Click below to watch Kate Prout's report:

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Essex MP promoted in reshuffle

The MP for Braintree Brooks Newmark has been appointed the Parliamentary Secretary in the Cabinet Office.

The Essex MP was a government whip from 2010-12 and had been serving on the Treasury Select Committee.

Norfolk MP becomes Minister for Life Sciences

Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman has been appointed Minister for Life Sciences.
Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman has been appointed Minister for Life Sciences. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Archive

The Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman has been given his first ministerial job as Minister for Life Sciences jointly in the Department for Health and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Mr Freeman worked in the biomedical field before becoming an MP in 2010.

In 2011 he was appointed Government Adviser on Life Sciences to the then Universities & Science Minister David Willetts.

Essex MP Priti Patel becomes Treasury Minister

Witham MP Priti Patel with the Prime Minister in India in 2013.
Witham MP Priti Patel with the Prime Minister in India in 2013. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive

The Witham MP Priti Patel has been appointed to a junior Treasury minister as Exchequer Secretary in the Prime Minister's reshuffle.

It's the first government job for the Essex MP who was first elected in 2010.

Ms Patel worked a press officer for a William Hague when he was Conservative leader. Before that she worked for the anti-EU Referendum Party.

Priti Patel's parents used to run a rural post office in Norfolk.

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