New roles for region’s MPs as prime minister Theresa May continues reshuffle

Mid-Norfolk MP George Freeman. Photo : Steve Adams

Mid-Norfolk MP George Freeman. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

Three more of the region's MPs have new roles, as prime minister Theresa May continues her government reshuffle.

Mid-Norfolk MP George Freeman has left the government after exiting his post as minister for life sciences in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

But he has been handed a new role as chair of the prime minister's policy board.

Mr Freeman tweeted that he was 'delighted' and 'honoured' with his new role, which will see him play a pivotal part in forging government policy.

But he said he was 'sorry to be leaving' the life sciences where he had 'relished shaping' the government's industrial strategy.

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Suffolk Coastal MP Thérèse Coffey has been made a minister in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

She will serve under Mrs May's former Conservative leadership challenger Andrea Leadsom, who is secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs.

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Dr Coffey tweeted: 'Andrea is a friend and Defra good area to be rural champion within government'.

North East Cambridgeshire MP Stephen Barclay has been appointed as a government whip.

And former North Norfolk MP, Lord Prior of Brampton remains as a parliamentary under secretary of state at the Department of Health.

The ex-Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital chairman was appointed minister for NHS Productivity and a member of the House of Lords in May 2015.

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