Long-serving MP promoted to cabinet in PM’s reshuffle

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A NORTH Derbyshire MP has achieved promotion to the cabinet after more than 25 years in the Commons.

Prime Minister David Cameron’s reshuffle has seen former Tory chief whip Patrick McLoughlin promoted to Transport Secretary, taking over from Rotherham-born Justine Greening, who has moved to International Development.

Mr McLoughlin, aged 54, represents Derbyshire Dales constituency, which stretches from the Sheffield boundary near Hathersage and includes Chatsworth, Bakewell and Matlock. He has been the MP since 1986.

Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Office Minister, criticised Mr Cameron for failing to axe George Osborne.

He said: “No move for a failing Chancellor in charge of a failing economic plan that has delivered a double-dip recession, who gave a tax cut for millionaires and who refuses to tax bank bonuses.

“This reshuffle isn’t a fresh start - it’s more of the same from an out of touch and failing Government that stands up for the wrong people.”