Ministerial Reshuffle

Yeovil MP David Laws is returning to the government today as an Education Minister. He was previously Chief Secretary to the Treasury for just 17 days before resigning in a row over his expenses.

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Torbay MP calls on Cameron to reconsider decision to downgrade Tourism Minister role

Prime Minister David Cameron has downgraded the role of tourism minister Credit: Ben Stansall/PA Wire

Torbay MP Adrian Sanders is calling on the Prime Minister to think again about downgrading the role of tourism minister.

The job is being combined with sport rather than a separate post in its own right.

Mr Sanders says the move could mean tourism - Britain's fifth largest industry - having less influence and weakening its chances of gaining investment.

MP Nick Harvey: knighthood recommendation is "greatly appreciated"

North Devon MP Nick Harvey has responded to being recommended for a knighthood.

The Liberal Democrat lost his job as a defence minister in this week's government reshuffle. He's been MP for North Devon for twenty years.

To be recommended for a knighthood by the Prime Minister in recognition of my twenty years as MP for North Devon and two years as Armed Forces Minister is greatly appreciated, but of course I remain disappointed no longer to be serving in government.

I am looking forward to a the new parliamentary term where I can continue to champion the issues for North Devon and the rural South West, from the slightly freer and less regimented world of the backbenches.

I will continue to support the coalition government, and my Liberal Democrat colleagues working so hard as part of it, from I look forward to having more time with my family.

– Nick Harvey MP

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Reshuffle roundup

There were more comings and goings at Westminster today as the reshuffle of ministers went on. We've seen one local MP lose his job, and another get a new one at the age of 65.

Meanwhile the controversial appointment of Yeovil MP David Laws - after his earlier resignation over expenses - was raised at Prime Minister's Questions. Political Correspondent Bob Constantine looks at the changing of the guard.

Laws goes back to school after return to government

Nick Clegg and David Laws
Nick Clegg and David Laws made no comment on yesterday's reshuffle Credit: ITV News

Education Minister, and Yeovil MP, David Laws has begun his first day back in government in the classroom meeting pupils at Mulberry School for Girls in east London with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

Laws, who returned in yesterday's reshuffle two years after quitting over his parliamentary expenses, was promoting the Pupil Premium alongside his Liberal Democrat party leader.

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