Harborough MP Edward Garnier sacked as Solicitor General in David Cameron's cabinet reshuffle
Harborough MP Edward Garnier has been sacked as Solicitor General in Prime Minister David Cameron’s Cabinet reshuffle.
The 59-year-old was appointed Solicitor General when the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition took power in May 2010 after two spells as Shadow Attorney General and as Shadow Home Affairs Minister while in opposition.
Has been the Conservative MP for Harborough since the 1992 General Election.
The North East Hertfordshire MP Oliver Heald will be Mr Garnier’s replacement.
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Speaking to the BBC Mr Garnier said the PM is "refreshing" his administration. He believes Conservative MPs "are up for these changes" and back the reshuffle.
Meanwhile, Jeremy Hunt was promoted to Health Secretary and replaces Andrew Lansley who becomes Commons leader.
The shake-up also saw Ken Clarke replaced as Justice Secretary by employment minister Chris Grayling.
There was also a promotion for Theresa Villiers, who replaces Owen Paterson as Northern Ireland Secretary – but several female colleagues were ousted from their roles.
Conservative co-chairman Baroness Warsi, Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan and Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman have all departed.
There is also a return to the front benches for former Liberal Democrat Treasury minister David Laws, who will replace Sarah Teather as education minister.