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Fisheries minister to return to backbenches

Fisheries minister Richard Benyon will leave his position and return to the backbenches, the Conservative MP said.

Clegg wanted 'other experience' to Michael Moore

Nick Clegg said "other experience" was required in the run-up to the independence referendum as he sacked Michael Moore from his post as Scottish secretary.

As we discussed when we spoke on Friday, I believe we now need to draw on different experience in the final year running up to the referendum itself and I am keen that just as we have benefited from your formidable skills over the past three years that we take advantage of other experience within our ranks during this period.

– Letter from Nick Clegg to Michael Moore

Mr Moore replied:

This has been, and will continue to be, a hugely important time in Scottish politics and that has made it a challenging and rewarding time to be Secretary of State for Scotland.

In leaving the Scotland Office I am pleased that Alistair will be succeeding me. As a good friend and long-time colleague, I believe he will do a superb job. I wish him all the best.

– Letter from Michael Moore to Nick Clegg

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No 10 tweet confirms Carmichael as Scottish Secretary

The Prime Minister has said he will confirm ministerial appointments on Twitter - the first being Alistair Carmichael as the new Scottish Secretary:

Report: Lib Dem reshuffle replaces Scottish Secretary

Liberal Democrat chief whip Alistair Carmichael will replace Michael Moore as Scottish Secretary, BBC political reporter Tim Reid said.

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