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Prime Minister hands new junior jobs to Kent MPs Rehman Chishti and Helen Grant

By Paul Francis

The Prime Minister’s cabinet reshuffle is underway - with speculation that one Kent MP could be in line for a key job.

Theresa May is using the reshuffle to stamp her authority on the government after the departure of her ‘second-in-command’ - the Ashford MP Damian Green.

He quit as First Secretary of State after an inquiry into allegations concerning his conduct.

Tonbridge and Malling MP Tom Tugendhat, right, with KM Group political editor Paul Francis
Tonbridge and Malling MP Tom Tugendhat, right, with KM Group political editor Paul Francis

As things stand, Mrs May has yet to make any changes to senior cabinet members.

So far as Kent MPs are concerned, the PM has given the Gillingham MP Rehman Chishti a job in her Conservative central headquarters (CCHQ) team to run the party.

And Maidstone and Weald MP Helen Grant has also been handed the same job at CCHQ.

There is speculation growing that the Tonbridge and Malling MP Tom Tugendhat could be in line for a job, possibly in the Northern Ireland office.

The role was held by James Brokenshire, but he has stood aside for health reasons.

Mr Tugendhat, a former soldier, is widely regarded as an MP destined for a senior job in the future. He recently became the chairman of the all-party Foreign Affairs select committee.

And there are reports that the Tunbridge Wells MP Greg Clark could be moved from his job as business minister.

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