Calls to reinstate Bedfordshire MP to cabinet

Politicians today called on the government to reinstate former Foreign Office minister Alistair Burt, who lost his job in the cabinet reshuffle earlier this week.

Both sides of the House of Commons cried "bring him back" as the Foreign Secretary praised Mr Burt for his work in the Middle East.

The North East Bedfordshire MP had served in the Foreign Office as a minister since the coalition was formed at the last general election.

Today, Mr Burt was on the Commons backbenches as Foreign Secretary William Hague made a statement on negotiations to resolve the crisis in Syria.

Mr Hague said: "It is impossible to overstate the challenges and the gravity of the threats in the region if current openings and opportunities are not brought to fruition.

"Since you are in the House, I want to pay tribute to your work on these issues over the last three and a half years."