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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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.

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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.

Liz Truss, Environment Secretary: 'I look forward to tackling the important issues facing our rural communities'

South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss has today been appointed Secretary of State for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs.

Elizabeth Truss, Environment Secretary said:

“I am delighted to be appointed as Environment Secretary. I look forward to tackling the important issues facing our rural communities including championing British food, protecting people from flooding and improving the environment.

“I have greatly enjoyed my role at the Department for Education and would like to thank the excellent team there for all their hard work. I look forward to working with the team at Defra.”

Read more: Region's MPs in and out in government reshuffle

New jobs for Lincolnshire and Hertfordshire MPs

The Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning has been appointed a Home Office minister while the Grantham & Stamford MP Nick Boles is now the joint Minister of State at the Business and Education departments.

Mr Boles will have the implementation of equal marriage as part of his new brief. He was the junior minister in the Communities and Local Government minister.

Mr Penning was the Minister for Disabled People and has been a Northern Ireland minister and a Transport minister. He is a former firefighter.

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Mike Penning has been appointed as Minister of State @ukhomeoffice and Minister of State @mojgovuk #reshuffle

Suffolk MP to attend Cabinet as Business Minister

West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock will attend Cabinet.
West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock will attend Cabinet. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive

The West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock is to attend Cabinet as Business Minister was a result of David Cameron's reshuffle.

Mr Hancock, who was an aide to George Osborne before he was elected MP in 2010, is the new Minister of State for Business, Enterprise and Energy. He's also been appointed the Minister of State for Portsmouth.

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Andrew Lansley misses out on EU Commissioner job

The South Cambridgeshire MP Andrew Lansley has missed out on a job as Britain's EU Commissioner.

The former Health Secretary was widely tipped for the role and was the bookie's favourite but Lord Hill has been nominated by the Prime Minister.

It's not yet known what position Mr Lansley will get or if he's leaving government after his current job as Leader of the House of Commons was given to former Foreign Secretary William Hague.

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Lord Hill is to be the Prime Minister’s nomination for European Commissioner.

Prime Minister's tweet about the promotion of Liz Truss

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Congratulations to my friend and Norfolk colleague @trussliz who will make an excellent Environment Sec like Baroness Shephard before her

Norfolk MP Liz Truss appointed Environment Secretary

Norfolk MP Liz Truss is tipped to be Environment Secretary.
Norfolk MP Liz Truss is tipped to be Environment Secretary. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Schools minister and South West Norfolk Liz Truss was the second female MP to arrive at Downing Street on Tuesday morning as the Prime Minister's reshuffle continues.

She was be promoted to the Cabinet after just four years an MP and is the Environment Secretary.

Ms Truss followed Women's minister Nicky Morgan who replaced Michael Gove as Education Secretary.

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