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Michael Fallon set to be Minister of Potsmouth

Michael Fallon is set to be named as Minister of Portsmouth.

It follows the loss of Royal Navy shipbuilding in the city, to try and help it recover from this.

Michael Fallon is a former conservative deputy chairman and is currently in a ministerial post in the Departments for Business and Energy.

This new role has been welcomed by politicians in Portsmouth, who said the port city needed support following the decision to move Navy shipbuilding to Scotland, with 1000 jobs going at BAE Systems' shipyard.

Leader of Portsmouth City Council, Gerald Vernon-Jackson said, "I am glad this it seems ministers are listening and we are going to have someone like Michael to help cope with the loss of ship-building.

"The loss of ship-building is a real blow for Portsmouth so it is about to trying to replace those an find additional work for them."

Michael Fallon due to be appointed as Minister of Portsmouth Credit: Press Association

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