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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.

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On back benches! 3 and half really fun years with much achieved. Really appreciate time working with outstanding Ministers and Officials

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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

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:

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Alistair Carmichael has been appointed as Secretary of State for Scotland. #reshuffle

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