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Ken Clarke MP releases statement over new Cabinet role

Ken Clarke releases statement over new role in Cabinet Credit: PA Pictures

“When David Cameron first asked me to return to the frontbench, we agreed that I would serve in the Cabinet for two years. I am very pleased that he has now asked me to stay on in Cabinet as Minister without Portfolio."

"At my age, it is time for me to step back from the slog of running a large Department, but I am delighted to have been given a more advisory political role."

"In my new role I will be joining the National Security Council, along with Cabinet Committees on Europe and the economy, and will remain a member of the Home Affairs Committee. I will also take the Justice and Security Bill through Parliament."

"It was a bold step to form a Coalition in the national interest. The reasons for the creation of that Coalition two years ago are even more compelling today. I look forward to playing an active part as we tackle the serious challenges facing our country.”

  1. Alison Mackenzie

McLoughlin - for or against HS2?

Patrick McLoughlin, appointed as Transport Secretary Credit: PA Pictures

Anti HS2 campaigners say they are eagerly awaiting their first meeting with the newly appointed Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin.

The Derbyshire Dales MP takes up the brief after the removal of Justine Greening in David Cameron's Cabinet reshuffle.

Mr McLoughlin's appointment is seen as one way to address the controversial issue of a possible third runway at Heathrow but voters in the Midlands are more concerned about how the new arrival at the department might tackle the arguments for and against HS2.

The proposed HS2 Credit: HS2 Ltd.

The multi-billion pound rail line is viewed by the business community as a way to boost much needed growth for the West Midlands. But campaigners against the project say it will cut through swathes of rural countryside.

They will be keen to win over Mr McLoughlin.

  1. Alison Mackenzie

More Midlands' MPs on the move

Another two midlands MPs are on the move as David Cameron reshapes his cabinet.

Former miner and Derbyshire Dales MP, Patrick McLoughlin will have some big decisions to make on HS2 as he takes over as Secretary of State for Transport.

Patrick McLoughlin MP, takes over as Secretary of State for Transport Credit: PA Pictures

Meanwhile, Owen Paterson, the MP for North Shropshire, becomes Environment Secretary as Caroline Spelman the Meriden MP is removed from that post.

Owen Paterson MP, becomes Environment Secretary Credit: PA Pictures


Ken Clarke receives support from Prison Reform Director

The director of the Prison Reform Trust, Juliet Lyon, has supported Ken Clarke MP following the loss of his Justice Secretary role.

"Ken Clarke brought fairness and common sense to public debate on crime."

"He steadied prison numbers, introduced sensible legislation to reduce needless remand and abolished runaway indeterminate sentences."

– Juliet Lyon, Prison Reform Director
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