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Kent MPs feature in Cameron's cabinet shuffle

Helen Grant (Con)
Helen Grant (Con)

by political editor Paul Francis

David Cameron's cabinet reshuffle has seen one of Kent's newest MPs secure her first foot on the ministerial ladder and job changes for others.

Maidstone and Weald MP Helen Grant joins the government for the first time as the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice and for Women's and Equality Issues.

Ms Grant is a solicitor who succeeded Ann Widdecombe at the last general election and is seen as one of the Conservative party's risng stars.

Meanwhile, the Ashford MP Damian Green moves from his job as immigration minister to become minister for policing.

He was appointed to the post after Nick Herbert, the former minister, decided to step down from the government.

Mr Green will have the task of overseeing the election of police commissioners, one of the coalition's key reforms, this November.

The Tunbridge Wells MP Greg Clark takes on a new brief as chief financial secretary to the Treasury, moving away from his job overseeing controversial planning reforms that critics say threatens the future of green belt land.

For Sevenoaks MP Michael Fallon, who had been tipped to become party chairman, there is a new job as minister of state at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Mr Fallon has been a minister before, serving in both John Major's government and Margaret Thatcher's as education minister.

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