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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.

A yellow weather warning for snow has been issued for much of the Eastern region, including Suffolk and Essex, next week.

Highways England is set to answer some key questions on Orwell Bridge closures next week, as bosses address councillors in Ipswich on the latest measures.

Rail commuters on the region’s mainline this morning are likely to face disruption after the over-running engineering works closed the line between Stratford and Liverpool Street.

Suffolk church leaders have been left confused and irritated by the repeated vandalism of their visitor book.

Talented students at Suffolk New College organised and filmed their own Jools Holland-style show showcasing some of Suffolk’s brightest talent.

Remarkable staff and volunteers at Ipswich Hospital who go the extra mile were recognised at the trust’s annual awards ceremony.

Suffolk looks set for snow showers for much of next week, as latest forecasts suggest that Tuesday-Saturday is when the flurries will fall.

ActivLives is launching free drop-in gardening sessions for older people in the community and their relatives or carers next month.

Mountain Warehouse in Cornhill has partnered up with Keep Britain Tidy for its Great British Spring Clean 2018.

Therese Coffey repeated concerns over the ability of UK’s largest multi-academy trust to turn around the failing Felixstowe Academy.

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