New Forest West MP Desmond Swayne promoted in cabinet reshuffle

Hampshire MP promoted in cabinet reshuffle

Hampshire MP promoted in cabinet reshuffle

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Parliamentary Correspondent

A HAMPSHIRE MP was promoted in David Cameron’s reshuffle – then immediately admitted many of his constituents would not like his new job.

Desmond Swayne, the New Forest West MP, landed a job as senior minister in the department for international development, after nearly two years as a whip.

The move will bring responsibility for the Middle East and North Africa – including troublespots such as Syria and Libya – as well as the Caribbean and the UK’s overseas territories.

Mr Swayne said he was delighted by the promotion, telling the Daily Echo: “It’s the portfolio I wanted - it’s something I’ve always been interested in.

“I have worked in Rwanda for six years on an international development project and I have always felt passionately that it’s a very important brief.

However, Mr Swayne admitted the appointment might not be popular with his constituents who oppose the flagship Tory policy of hiking international aid.

The prime minister has come under fire from many Conservative supporters after the UK reached its target of spending 0.7 per cent of GDP on aid.

Mr Swayne admitted: “It’s not the most popular subject for many of my constituents, who complain about the level of international aid, especially at a time of austerity.

“I probably get three letters a week complaining about it, saying the money should be spent on pensioners instead.

“However, I think it’s vitally important if we are to retain the security of our borders against the movement of people trying to escape the disaster areas of the world.”

The promotion is Mr Swayne’s first ministerial post, after he spent seven years as Mr Cameron’s unpaid parliamentary aide, in opposition and Government.”

The reshuffle also saw Michael Fallon replaced by Matt Hancock as the controversial ‘Minister for Portsmouth’ – not to be confused with Mike Hancock, the disgraced Lib Dem MP for Portsmouth South.

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8:15pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Linesman says...

One of Dave's dolls?
One of Dave's dolls? Linesman
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5:00am Wed 16 Jul 14

huckit P says...

He's not wrong there! Remind me again why we give aid to India and why do we continue to support corrupt goernments around the world? It's not like any of the money sent from the UK reaches those that desperately need it.
He's not wrong there! Remind me again why we give aid to India and why do we continue to support corrupt goernments around the world? It's not like any of the money sent from the UK reaches those that desperately need it. huckit P
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8:48am Wed 16 Jul 14

Lone Ranger. says...

Re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic
Re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic Lone Ranger.
  • Score: 3

11:06am Wed 16 Jul 14

Mousetrap says...

Nice to see that our leaders listen to the people who pay their wages!
Nice to see that our leaders listen to the people who pay their wages! Mousetrap
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11:03am Thu 17 Jul 14

Mousetrap says...

Mousetrap wrote:
Nice to see that our leaders listen to the people who pay their wages!
I don't understand why I have been voted with down votes. It was a sarcastic comment I made - clearly he doesn't listen to his voters. Maybe they will remember this at the next election - but maybe not
[quote][p][bold]Mousetrap[/bold] wrote: Nice to see that our leaders listen to the people who pay their wages![/p][/quote]I don't understand why I have been voted with down votes. It was a sarcastic comment I made - clearly he doesn't listen to his voters. Maybe they will remember this at the next election - but maybe not Mousetrap
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