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Cameron faces confidence crisis

David Cameron is facing a crisis of confidence from his own MPs over the Andrew Mitchell affair, and is under pressure to sack members of his inner circle according to reports in the Sunday Times.

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Profile: Sir George Young

David Cameron has replaced one keen cyclist with another by appointing George Young as Andrew Mitchell's replacement as Tory Chief Whip:

  • Sir George Samuel Knatchbull Young, 6th Baronet, to use his full title, first became an MP in 1974.
  • Thought to have retired to the backbenches after being reshuffled out of Cabinet in September.
  • Gave up his position as Leader of the House to make way for former health secretary Andrew Lansley.
  • A keen cyclist since being banned for drinking driving in 1987.
  • Founded the parliamentary bicycle pool and has earned the moniker the "bicycling baronet".
  • Opposition whip under Margaret Thatcher before she entered Downing Street.
  • Held a variety of ministerial posts in the 1980s and 1990s, ending up as transport secretary in 1995.

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