General Election 2017

A round-up of news on the General Election 2017 from the Anglia region.

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Hertfordshire MP loses job as Armed Forces minister

Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning has lost his job as defence minister in the government reshuffle. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive

The Hertfordshire MP Mike Penning has been reshuffled out of the government after serving as a minister for seven years.

Mr Penning, who has represented Hemel Hempstead since 2005, was the Armed Forces Minister in the Ministry of Defence.

Previously he had been Policing Minister, Minister for Disabled People, a Northern Ireland Minister and the Junior Transport Minister.

Before becoming a politician, Mike Penning was in the Grenadier Guards and a firefighter inn Essex.

Two more MPs lose positions in government reshuffle

The two MPs are no longer in their former ministerial roles.

Two more of the region's MPs have been removed from their positions in government.

Harlow MP Robert Halfon will no longer serve as Apprenticeship Minister and Hertfordshire MP Sir Oliver Heald also leaves his post in the Justice department.


Essex MP keeps International Development brief

The MP for Witham in Essex, Priti Patel, remains in her post at International Development Secretary in Theresa May Cabinet reshuffle.

International Development Secretary Priti Patel arrives at Downing Street. Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire

Priti Patel, who was a leading campaign for Brexit in the EU referendum, was promoted to the Cabinet when Mrs May became Prime Minister in July 2016. She had been Employment Minister under David Cameron.

Her majority in Witham fell slightly to 18,646 in the recent General Election

Great Yarmouth MP gets Cabinet seat in reshuffle

The Greay Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis has retained his position as a Home Office minister but will now attend Cabinet in what is seen as a promotion.

His new job, however, is not as a full Cabinet Minister.

The Great Yarmouth MP keeps his job as Home Office minister but now attends Cabinet. Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire

Mr Lewis was appointed Police and Fire Service Minister in the Home Office by Theresa May in July 2016.

He has been the MP for Great Yarmouth since 2010 and was one of the few Conservative MPs in the Anglia region to see his majority increase in Thursday's General Election.

Northamptonshire MP moved in Cabinet reshuffle

The South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom has been made Leader of the House of Commons in the Cabinet reshuffle following the General Election.

South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom is the new Leader of the House of Commons. Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire

Mrs Leadsom, who contested the Conservative leadership against Theresa May in 2016, was moved from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs where she was Secretary of State.

Andrea Leadsom has been an MP since 2010 and was a leading campaigner for leaving the European Union.

Her majority in South Northamptonshire was cut from 26,416 to 22,840 in the General Election.


Liz Truss made Chief Secretary to the Treasury in reshuffle

Truss has shot up through the ranks since she was elected in 2010 and was previously the Environment Secretary. Credit: PA

South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss, who was formerly Justice Secretary, has been moved to Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

Truss was promoted to the role of Justice Secretary in Theresa May's cabinet reshuffle last July.

Her new role is the second most senior ministerial position in the department after the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Illness on election night meant she wasn't there to hear she'd won the seat for the Tories once more.

Meanwhile, Witham MP Priti Patel will stay on as International Development Secretary.

New Bedford MP targets key issues in his constituency

  • Video report by ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes

The new MP for Bedford, Labour's Mohammad Yasin, has been out in the borough enjoying his first full day in office.

He took the seat from the Conservative's Richard Fuller, with a majority of almost 800 votes in Thursday's election.

Mohammad Yasin has lived in Bedford for more than 25 years and he was a Labour borough councillor for more than a decade.

I want to work for the people, work for the Bedford hospital, I want to work for the local schools and our police.

There are many other issues which I will be dealing with in the future, but these are the main issues in Bedford.

That's the reason I stood in this election, so I can make a difference.

– Mohammad Yasin MP
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