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General election 2017: Ipswich-born Conservative minister David Gauke appointed as work and pensions secretary

David Gauke, who has been appointed Works and Pensions Secretary, leaves 10 Downing Street in London. Picture: DAVID MIRZOEFF/PA Wire

David Gauke, who has been appointed Works and Pensions Secretary, leaves 10 Downing Street in London. Picture: DAVID MIRZOEFF/PA Wire

A senior Conservative minister born in Ipswich has been promoted in the prime minister’s cabinet reshuffle.

David Gauke, who was chief secretary to the treasury, has been appointed the new work and pensions secretary by Theresa May this afternoon.

Mr Gauke, who is widely regarded as one of the Government’s most effective performers, was called in to 10 Downing Street along with many other Tory MPs.

Following the news of his promotion, Mr Gauke smiled and thanked reporters as he left Number 10.

South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss has been appointed as chief secretary to the treasury.

Mrs Truss was previously justice secretary and lord chancellor, and political commentators say the move could be viewed as a demotion.

Elsewhere in the reshuffle, Greg Clark has been reappointed as business secretary, Liam Fox has been reappointed as Secretary of State for International Trade and Damian Green is the first secretary of state, in effect, deputy prime minister.

Two cars have crashed on a busy road sparking traffic delays in Ipswich town centre.

The Anna Airy exhibition, staged by the Ipswich Art Society, and held at the University of Suffolk, is one of the highlights of the cultural calendar. Its a showcase for bright young talent and once again arts editor Andrew Clarke is dazzled by the work on display

There is no sign of an end to years of council austerity – and no indication of when authorities might be able to ease up on the quests for more cuts.

Donations to the Surviving Winter campaign have hit £10,000, just a week after this year’s appeal began.

A ward at Ipswich Hospital has been adorned with a unique collection of photography.

A decision on who will run a new special free school being planned for Ipswich is due to be made early next year.

Christmas is almost upon us and what better way to bring the festive season to life than the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star carol service?

The Orwell Bridge fully reopened before the rush hour this morning, Highways England has confirmed.

Traffic on the northbound A12 on the Essex and Suffolk border is being held due to an accident.

Suffolk education chiefs have accused the Government of failing to invest in education after the Budget contained no extra cash for school coffers.

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