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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


Norman Lamb to decide on leadership race next week

Norman Lamb was the only one of the Anglia region's four Lib Dem MPs to retain his seat. Credit: ITV News

The North Norfolk Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb has tweeted that he will decide on the leadership race by Monday following Nick Clegg's resignation.

The former Health Minister in the previous administration says this weekend he's been concentrating on supporting Norwich in the derby match with Ipswich.

Mr Lamb is currently second favourite for the Lib Dem leadership at 4/1 behind Tim Farron.


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Ukip's only MP rules out becoming party leader

Ukip's only sitting MP, Douglas Carswell, does not want to take charge of the party. Credit: Chris Radburn / PA Wire/PA Images

Ukip's only sitting MP, Douglas Carswell, has ruled himself out of the race to be the party's next leader.

Mr Carswell, who held his Clacton seat on a reduced majority, said he would not seek to fill the post vacated by Nigel Farage, who announced his resignation after losing out in Thanet South.

Mr Farage said he was taking a break but left the door open for a return when the party elects a new leader in September while endorsing Suzanne Evans, the deputy chairman, to be a stand-in until the leadership challenge is complete.

Mr Carswell praised Mr Farage, the man behind his defection from the Conservatives, as a "heroic and inspirational figure" but told the Times (£): "I am not going to be running as leader."

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