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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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

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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.

More women expected to be promoted in reshuffle

Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom, Essex MP Priti Patel, Suffolk MP Therese Coffey and Norfolk MP Liz Truss.
Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom, Essex MP Priti Patel, Suffolk MP Therese Coffey and Norfolk MP Liz Truss. Credit: PA Wire

David Cameron is expected to promote women in this government reshuffle following criticism of the lack of female talent as ministers.

Education minister and South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss is tipped for high office and possibly a place around the Cabinet table as the new Environment Secretary.

There could be jobs too for South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom, the Witham MP Priti Patel and the Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey.

All three were elected as MPs in the 2010 General Election.

What next for Andrew Lansley in government reshuffle?

Andrew Lansley has been MP for South Cambridgeshire since 1997.
Andrew Lansley has been MP for South Cambridgeshire since 1997. Credit: Dan Kitwood/PA Wire

The Cambridgeshire MP Andrew Lansley is set to be replaced as Leader of the House of Commons by William Hague. It follows Mr Hague's resignation as Foreign Secretary.

It's not yet known where Mr Lansley will move although there is speculation that he may leave the government in David Cameron's reshuffle.

He has been linked to a job as a European Commissioner. The bookmaker Ladbrokes has made him 2-1 favourite for that post.

Andrew Lansley was elected the Conservative MP for South Cambridgeshire in May 1997 and introduced controversial sweeping reforms of the NHS when he was Health Secretary between 2010 and 2012.

Before becoming an MP, Mr Lansley headed the Conservative Research Department and was a civil servant who worked for Norman Tebbit at the Department for Trade and Industry.

Rutland MP resigns ahead of government reshuffle

Rutland & Melton MP Alan Duncan pictured in 2011.
Rutland & Melton MP Alan Duncan pictured in 2011. Credit: Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport

The Rutland and Melton MP Alan Duncan is leaving the government in David Cameron's reshuffle. He has been International Development Minister since the General Election in 2010.

Mr Duncan was elected MP for Rutland in 1992 replacing Sir Michael Latham and held a number of Shadow posts before the coalition came to power.

In a letter to Alan Duncan, the Prime Minister wrote: "You have continued your service on the Conservative Front Bench with a number of significant portfolios, making an outstanding contribution. This has been a perfect fit and your enthusiasm and commitment to the role has shone through.

"In particular, I have greatly admired the passion and expertise you have brought to our work in the Middle East, which has done much to enhance the UK’s reputation in the region. It is a legacy to be proud of.”

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Mock Scottish independence referendum in Corby votes for the UK to remain united

Mock Scottish independence referendum held in Corby.

A mock Scottish independence referendum held in Corby this weekend resulted in a vote for the UK to remain united.

The Northamptonshire town has a large Scottish community and Corby Borough Council had campaigned for its residents to have a say on Scotland's future.

But only those permanently living in the country can vote on independence in September.

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