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David Laws is back in Government - with two jobs!
3:18pm Tuesday 4th September 2012 in News
IT has been confirmed that Yeovil MP David Laws is returning to Government as part of Prime Minister David Cameron’s first full Coalition Government reshuffle.
Mr Laws will take on two new roles – firstly as Minister of State for Schools in the Department for Education, and secondly as Minister of State in the Cabinet Office, in a cross-policy brief that will involve coordinating and developing policy across Government. The latter will include work for Deputy PM Nick Clegg and alongside Cabinet Office Minister, Oliver Letwin MP.
And Mr Laws said: “I am very pleased to be given this opportunity to serve the Coalition Government and the country in these two roles.
“Education is one of my real passions, and it is an area I know well following my time as Lib Dem Shadow Secretary of State for Schools, between 2007 and 2010.
"It will also be a real challenge and opportunity to be involved in many policy issues through my role in the Cabinet Office.
"We must not underestimate the difficult times people are going through at the moment and I will work hard to put growth, jobs and fairer taxes at the heart of what we do."
Mr Laws added: "I shall be doing these jobs alongside my existing responsibilities as MP for Yeovil Constituency, and I do not intend to cut back in any way on my constituency work.
"I shall continue to hold my regular, local, Advice Centres and will be available for any constituent who needs my help.
"My role as Yeovil Constituency MP is my first responsibility, and I have a brilliant and experienced team of staff in both Yeovil and London to help me with that work.
“I am immensely grateful to all those constituents who have given me their support and encouragement over the past two and half years. I will do all I can to return that confidence.”
Mr Laws arrived at Number 10 Downing Street at just before 2pm today where he was met by Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats.
His return to the front-benches comes over two years after he resigned his position from the Coalition Government as Chief Secretary to the Treasury – just days following the 2010 General Election – because of an expenses scandal.