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Cabinet Minister: 'Constituents matter the most'

Cabinet Office Minister Chloe Smith has said that she wanted to spend more time with her constituents for Norwich North, after she announced her decision to resign.

Cabinet Minister 'privileged' to work for party

In her letter to the Prime Minister, Norwich North MP Chloe Smith said:

I have been privileged to serve my country and my party under your leadership.

However, for the remainder of the Parliament I want to be able to spend more time serving my constituents. My constituents have always come first for me, and they know the high standards and hard work that I ask of myself as the Member of Parliament for Norwich North.

As you know, I was only 27 when I was lucky enough to be elected as an MP, and of my four years in Parliament so far, I have spent three as a minister.

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Treasury Minister rejects Labour's public sector borrowing claims

Treasury Minister Chloe Smith has rejected Labour's call for the Government to re-think its strategy over public sector net borrowing.

The Conservative MP told the BBC that "there is no opportunity" to sustain the current level of borrowing.

Their strategy would be to borrow more and to spend more and we cannot take that kind of decision in these circumstances.There is no opportunity here to set out to deliberately borrow more. What these figures really show is the importance of sticking to the plan that has won Britain international credibility.

– Treasury Minister Chloe Smith