Norfolk MP Norman Lamb has emerged as an earlier winner in the coalition reshuffle - replacing Paul Burstow as care minister within the department of health.

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Mr Lamb will work alongside former culture minister Jeremy Hunt after Andrew Lansley was one of the high-profile casualties of David Cameron’s reshuffle - stepping down as health minister.

The North Norfolk MP has previously been critical of the planned NHS reforms - threatening to resign over the issue and describing the plans as “very risky”.

It was a good day for South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss, meanwhile, who was appointed early years education minister.

Norwich North MP Chloe Smith has left her role as treasury minister to join the cabinet office.

Nationally, the Prime Minister promoted Chris Grayling to Justice Secretary, replacing veteran Ken Clarke, who had been criticised as too soft.

But a decision to remove Justine Greening from the transport brief was immediately criticised by London mayor Boris Johnson, who accused Mr Cameron of shifting her because she opposed building a third runway at Heathrow airport.

The coalition’s first major reshuffle was discussed by Mr Cameron and his Liberal Democrat deputy Nick Clegg, but many of the appointments are unlikely to please the junior party.

Apart from Mr Grayling, Northern Ireland Secretary Owen Paterson - a strong supporter of fox-hunting - was switched to the environment brief. Iain Duncan Smith and Michael Gove have held on to the key roles of work and pensions and education.

Jeremy Hunt was also rewarded after a successful Olympics, being shifted from culture to become Health Secretary, despite controversy over his handling of the BSkyB takeover bid. The Lib Dems refused to back him in parliament in the face of the criticism.

Maria Miller had one of the biggest promotions, becoming Culture Secretary after previously serving as minister for the disabled. Theresa Villiers, formerly transport minister, was appointed Northern Ireland Secretary.

Casualties of the changes included Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan and Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman. Andrew Lansley’s move from health to Leader of the House will be seen as a demotion.

Baroness Warsi is no longer Conservative Party chairman, but will attend Cabinet with responsibilities for foreign affairs and faith after apparently insisting Mr Cameron give her a more substantial role.

All of the Liberal Democrats’ Cabinet ministers kept their jobs, and there is a return for David Laws, who becomes education minister more than two years after he resigned over an expenses scandal.

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27 comments

  • But BG it is yet to be seen whether George Osborne will be cheered come 2015 when he is (most likely) out of power! As for Norman Lamb - what difference does this news make to us mere mortals? Wherever he is placed he remains loyal to Clegg and Cameron, unconcerned about the views of voters who put him there when he supports them. He supports the government, and they show no sign of changing their determination to carve up the NHS. This reshuffle has rewarded Hunt and Laws. What does this say about the PM?

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012

  • Perhaps when the cabinet is reshuffled we will get a minister of justice with the guts to address rural crime. I see comments on the Taverham ram raid are now pulled, not one newspaper is carrying comments on the Melton Mowbray shooting and no doubt when there are convictions there will be a general coyness about both cases.

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    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012

  • Hunt has proved a useful vehicle of protection for Cameron over his links with News International.Cameron's own former history professor Vernon Bognador was very clear Dave should have shown Hunt the red card for breach of the ministerial code.It adds further question marks to Cameron's judgement.He rewards his human shields well but a good PM shouldn't need them.

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    Peter Watson

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012

  • It's ridiculous going back and blaming past governments and prime ministers, I mean you could go right back to Thatcher in in my opinion started the decline. But having said that we really have got some wet behind the ears kids as prime minister and chancellor of the exchequer. Just look at what qualifications they have got to do such an important job, virtually nothing and that is why we are getting deeper and deeper in it. In virtually any other walk of life they would have never have got the chance without years and years of experience.

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    Cuthbert J. Twillie

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012

  • I hope Elizabeth Truss isn`t going to be lazy in her new position!

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    SierraCharlie

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012

  • jeremy hunt in health? the man needs a demotion for handling the bskyb so badly not a promotion!

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    nhs lover

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012

  • Should have got shot of Osborne, how much longer can we have someone on job experience being chancellor of the exchequer. He should go back to refolding towels in Selfridges.

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    Cuthbert J. Twillie

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012

  • this reshuffle is just hiding the truth that the coalition have failed badly trying to put this mess right left by labour . In fact the coalition have had exactly the same policies as the last failed labour goverment. Until people in goverment realise that you cannot spend more than you have coming in you will still have problem.

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    milecross

    Wednesday, September 5, 2012

  • Interesting comments Daisy Roots, I'm almost tempted to agree with you, especially your first one. Strange don't you think how this paper doesn't want to make a comment on Palm Paper's decision that it's not going to take CHP from the incinerator, something they must know was printed in another paper last Friday?

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    Honest John

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012

  • Do you honestly think anyone cares Norfolks two are the harbingers of misery The EDP should be booing them like the Olympic spectators did Osborne Sharpen up your political coverage for goodness sake

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    No to tory boy

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012

  • i thought the Tories would stop housing developments but they are making it easy for them to carry on.They are Spoiling Norfolk so why keep voting them in?

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    bookworm

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012

  • omnishambles - If Labour were in power now it would have been Gordon who got jeered and George would have been cheered. It`s just your luck really at which time in the political cycle you are in power. One gaveth plenty ( all by way of credit) and one has been clawing it back to pay off the debt.

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    BG

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012

  • Why will Warsi attend the cabinet with responsibility for " faith"? We didn't need ministers for "faith " before and we don't need them now, except to say get back in your box to those who wave the faith card and to point out there is no place for religion to influence democratic government.

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    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012

  • Unless the policies change drastically, this is just a merry-go-round that will not fulfil Cameron's promises of more women in Government before the next election. Yawn!

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012

  • Well at least they have seen through the inept Chloe Smith and given her the boot, all be it that they have created a new post for her. Lets just hope the electorate do likewise come judgement day.

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    John L Norton

    Wednesday, September 5, 2012

  • jeremy hunt voted against abortion, believes in homeopathy and wrote a book about the nhs called "60 year old mistake". what is david cameron doing putting him in charge of the nhs?

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    nhs lover

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012

  • Any chance that they'll also get rid of Richard Bacon today (about time too)? I read on Wikipedia a while back that he has retired - not the best of sources admittedly, but it is time he went & someone took over who would work hard for him constituency's ailing economy.

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    john smith

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012

  • BG Gordon Brown was cheered at the Paralympics. George Osborne was booed. And you say it was Gordon, not George, that is the "disaster"?

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012

  • Total waste of time, just like rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic.

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    It's_all_a_conspiracy

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012

  • But BG it is yet to be seen whether George Osborne will be cheered come 2015 when he is (most likely) out of power! As for Norman Lamb - what difference does this news make to us mere mortals? Wherever he is placed he remains loyal to Clegg and Cameron, unconcerned about the views of voters who put him there when he supports them. He supports the government, and they show no sign of changing their determination to carve up the NHS. This reshuffle has rewarded Hunt and Laws. What does this say about the PM?

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012

  • I wonder if Joseph or anyone else knows where Chloe Smith has been shunted off to?

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    Peter Watson

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012

  • Total waste of time, just like rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic.

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    It's_all_a_conspiracy

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012

  • But BG it is yet to be seen whether George Osborne will be cheered come 2015 when he is (most likely) out of power! As for Norman Lamb - what difference does this news make to us mere mortals? Wherever he is placed he remains loyal to Clegg and Cameron, unconcerned about the views of voters who put him there when he supports them. He supports the government, and they show no sign of changing their determination to carve up the NHS. This reshuffle has rewarded Hunt and Laws who should have both been ejected from government. What does this say about David Cameron?

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012

  • Scrimshaw - "Should have got shot of Osborne, how much longer can we have someone on job experience being chancellor of the exchequer." I suppose you want GB back - what a total disaster he was. The only good thing about the Coaltion reshuffles is that they are nothing like Labour`s, which was an annual event.

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    BG

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012

  • Yes Peter, Jeremy Hunt acted as a human shield to Cameron over the Murdochs and has been rewarded by being allowed to further pick apart the NHS.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012

  • Message for Norman Lamb.Why are patients getting ripped off for the use of TV to watch sport as the radio does not include BBC Radio 5 at your local Norfolk and Norwich hospital.One patient had to spend £10 to watch Match of The Day.These charges are as a result of PFI.Will he continue to charge patients in this way?Will he support further NHS privatisation giving contracts to the likes of Serco,Carillion and Virgin Health care?

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    Peter Watson

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012

  • "was that really necessarily?" jeremy hunt the new health minister on the nhs appearing in the olympic opening ceremony.

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    nhs lover

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012

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