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Essex MP keeps International Development brief

The MP for Witham in Essex, Priti Patel, remains in her post at International Development Secretary in Theresa May Cabinet reshuffle.

International Development Secretary Priti Patel arrives at Downing Street. Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire

Priti Patel, who was a leading campaign for Brexit in the EU referendum, was promoted to the Cabinet when Mrs May became Prime Minister in July 2016. She had been Employment Minister under David Cameron.

Her majority in Witham fell slightly to 18,646 in the recent General Election

MP in talks with Greater Anglia rail boss

A Class 90 loco on the Norwich to London line Credit: ITV News Anglia

The new Managing Director of Abellio Greater Anglia will be meeting with an Essex MP today to discuss concerns about rail services.

The Dutch owned rail company has recently been given a two year extension to its franchise. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Witham Conservative MP Priti Patel is a member of the Rail taskforce which is championing improvements on the Great Eastern Main Line.

She'll be meeting Jamie Burles at the House of Commons.


Patel: Resignation long overdue

Priti Patel Credit: PA

Witham MP Priti Patel has welcomed the resignation of Maria Ball, the Chair of the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust. She said:

“The decision by Maria Ball is long overdue and I hope a change of leadership at a Board level will bring in the reforms needed to improve performance and help restore confidence in the ambulance service.

"We should remember that patients and their families have been badly let down by the ambulance service and suffered as a result of the failures presided over by Ms Ball.”

“...Patients across the region need to be confident that the ambulance service is being led by a strong and proactive board, and not a bunch of individuals who are prepared to take the money that comes with the role but accept no responsibility when things go wrong.”