MP ‘delighted’ with new government role

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BOSTON MP Mark Simmonds has spoken of his ‘delight’ at his new role in the Government after David Cameron made him a junior minister in the Foreign Office in the recent reshuffle.

Mark Simmonds narrowly missed out on a post in the coalition government after the 2011 General Election having been a shadow health minister, but last week received the role of Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

Mr Simmonds’ role makes him responsible for Africa, overseas territories, international energy, consular services, the Caribbean, FCO protocol, conflict issues, and climate change.

The MP, who was first elected to serve Boston and Skegness in 2001, has already been thrust into Foreign Office business – speaking in the House of Commons and meeting the Namibian deputy minister for sport and some of the Paralympic athletes from the African country.

A spokesman for Mr Simmonds (pictured) said the MP was not available to speak with The Standard about his new role but issued the following statement on his behalf: “I am delighted to have been asked by the Prime Minister to serve in his Government.

“The PM’s recent reshuffle aimed to refocus the coalition Government on invigorating the economy and going for growth in Britain.

“These are difficult times for the British economy but there have been some achievements. 900,000 jobs have been created in the private sector and we have cut the deficit by 25 per cent since this Government took office.

“There are still many difficult decisions to be made but I am thrilled to be able to make a contribution by improving our relations overseas and ensuring the UK’s interests are protected.”