What are our MPs prospects of promotion under a Theresa May premiership?

Theresa May outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, after she secured her place as

Theresa May outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, after she secured her place as the UK's second female prime minister through the surprise withdrawal of her only rival in the battle to succeed David Cameron. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 11, 2016. Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom offered Mrs May her "full support" after conceding that she had too little support among Tory MPs to deliver a "strong and stable government". See PA story POLITICS Conservatives. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Over the coming hours and days, ambitious MPs and ministers will be checking their phones as Theresa May starts to pick her top team. Political editor annabelle dickson looks at the promotion and demotion prospects of the MPs in our region.

Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis: One of the first out of the blocks to support Theresa May and a key part of her leadership campaign. He had been tipped for promotion to the cabinet pre-Brexit after getting the tricky housing bill through the House of Commons.

South-West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss: The most senior of our MPs, who is currently environment secretary. A potential name in the frame for education secretary – but could her initial backing of Boris Johnson work against her?


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West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock: He is a key ally and the protegé of chancellor George Osborne. He has been attending cabinet since the last reshuffle. He did back Theresa May in the leadership contest.

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Norwich MP Chloe Smith: Could she return to ministerial office? The pair worked together on Ms Smith's by-election campaign in 2009. She did back Stephen Crabb initially, although that is unlikely to be held against her.

Mid-Norfolk MP George Freeman: Currently the life sciences minister – a post created by David Cameron. The question is whether Theresa May will keep it – and Mr Freeman in post. He backed the home secretary after ruling out his own bid to be PM.

Broadland MP Keith Simpson: Happily on the Intelligence and Security Committee after being made a privy councillor last year. He has long been a supporter of Mrs May and is understood to have built support for her behind the scenes.

Suffolk Coastal MP Theresa Coffey: Currently the deputy leader of the House of Commons. She is likely to retain a ministerial post having been judged to have done a good job.

South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon: A long-serving member and deputy chairman of the important Public Accounts Committee. He was a low-profile supporter of Brexit and respected for his forensic attention to detail in his work on the spending watchdog.

Waveney MP Peter Aldous: Popular and respected backbencher who stays out of the wheeling and dealing in Westminster. He has not shown any ambition to be a minister and has not been afraid to criticise the government over tax credits.

North-West Norfolk MP Sir Henry Bellingham: A former foreign office minister, it is unlikely that Sir Henry will return to ministerial office. He backed Michael Gove in the leadership contest.

Bury St Edmunds MP Jo Churchill: Part of the 2015 intake, so it is too soon really to talk of a government post.

Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP Dan Poulter: A former health minister, Dr Poulter has said he is enjoying his part-time work as a doctor. Even if he wanted to return to ministerial office, it is unlikely after he backed Theresa May's rival, Andrea Leadsom.

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