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More government appointments for East Anglian MPs

More Conservative MPs from the Anglia region have been given new government positions in the new government.

North East Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt has become a Health Minister. Mr Burt was a Foreign Office minister from 2010 until 2013 and now returns to the government frontbench.

Many of the region's long-serving MPs have been appointed to ministerial posts in the government. Credit: ITV News

The MP for South Holland and the Deepings, John Hayes, is moved from the Department for Transport to become the Security Minister in the Home Office. Mr Hayes has been a minister since 2010. He was first elected an MP in South Lincolnshire in 1997.

The Rayleigh and Wickford MP Mark Francois is moved from being the Armed Forces Minister to the Department for Communities and Local Government. Before the Conservatives came to power, Mr Francois was the Shadow Europe Minister from 2007 until 2010. He was elected an Essex MP in 2001.

More ministers from the Anglia region have been given government posts. Credit: ITV News

Andrea Leadsom has been promoted from a junior Treasury post to become an Energy and Climate Change Minister. Mrs Leadsom has been a vocal critic of the HS2 rail project which is due to run through part of her South Northamptonshire constituency.

The MP for Grantham and Stamford, Nick Boles remains in his post as a joint Education and Business minister with additional responsibility for trade union & employment law.

Therese Coffey, the Suffolk Coastal MP, has been given her first government job as Deputy Leader of the House of Commons.

Suffolk MP Matt Hancock becomes Cabinet Office Minister and Paymaster General

The West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock has been appointed Cabinet Office Minister and Paymaster General.

He will have responsibility for Civil Service reform and efficiency in government departments. He replaces Francis Maude, who held the position since 2010.

Mr Hancock was elected a Suffolk MP in 2010 and previously worked as Chief of Staff for the then Shadow Chancellor George Osborne. He was first appointed a minister in September 2012.

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Norfolk MP Liz Truss remains as Environment Secretary

Liz Truss, who will continue to be Environment Secretary, arrives at 10 Downing Street. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss is to remain as the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs as David Cameron continues to announce his ministerial team following the election.

Liz Truss was first appointed an Education Minister in September 2012 and was promoted to the Cabinet in July 2014.

She was elected SW Norfolk MP in 2010 and increased her majority to 13,861 in last Thursday's General Election.

Crime Commissioner responds to funding "no" vote

Olly Martins Credit: ITV News Anglia

An historic referendum on police funding in Bedfordshire has come out against an increase in council tax.

Bedfordshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Olly Martins had proposed a 15 per cent increase to council tax to pay for more officers. 91,000 people voted in favour, 207,000 voted against.

Responding to the vote, Mr Martins said the underlying problem had not gone away and that the force would remain overstretched.

The budget of Bedfordshire Police will now be £1.28million less in the current financial year than it was last year, and the cumulative impact of anticipated government funding cuts is currently projected to lead to a £6million funding shortfall. This will result in a recruitment freeze in the next 18 to 24 months and a reduction of up to 135 police officers, or 12% of our current strength.

– Olly Martins, Police and Crime Commissioner, Bedfordshire

Police referendum is a no vote

The count Credit: ITV News Anglia

An historic referendum on police funding in Bedfordshire has come out against an increase in council tax.

Bedfordshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Olly Martins had proposed a 15 per cent increase to council tax to pay for more officers. 91,000 people voted in favour, 207,000 voted against.

Norman Lamb considers running for Lib Dem leadership

Norman Lamb MP considers running for party leadership Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb has confirmed to ITV Anglia that he is considering running for the Liberal Democrat leadership.

It comes after Nick Clegg's resignation on Friday following the General Election results.

Mr Lamb, a former Health Minister, is expected to make a full statement later today.

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Cabinet appointments for Essex MPs

David Cameron is completing his ministerial appointments today following the party's majority at the General Election.

  • John Whittingdale, MP for Maldon, becomes Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
  • Priti Patel, Witham MP, becomes Minister for Employment
  • Robert Halfon, Harlow MP, becomes Minister without Portfolio and Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party
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