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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.

Police are investigating a reported rape which took place in Ipswich last night.

Former BBC broadcaster Bill Turnbull sent a poignant message to women competing in Ipswich’s Race for Life this weekend: don’t leave it too late to get checked for cancer.

Efforts to raise awareness of diabetes and how to prevent it are being redoubled in Suffolk as the number of new diagnoses rises by 5% year on year.

Swarms of tiny black beetles have been appearing in gardens across Suffolk and Essex, seemingly attracted by the hot weather.

An elderly woman on a mobility scooter inadvertently drove onto the A14 this morning and had to be escorted off by police.

Two people have been arrested after a man was stabbed in Haverhill yesterday evening.

Hosting a barbeque or grabbing a cool pint in the local pub for the England game today? Check here to see how warm it will be where you are.

Scores of bikers took to the region’s roads today under the blazing sunshine to raise money to support unwell children.

More than 2,000 intrepid women and children braved a daring obstacle course in Suffolk to raise money for vital cancer research.

A 15-year-old boy has been stabbed to death in a large fight after a birthday party attended by up to 100 youths in east London.

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