Horsham MP chooses to stay in current post

JPCT-10-02-12 Francis Maude S12070178a -photo by Steve Cobb
JPCT-10-02-12 Francis Maude S12070178a -photo by Steve Cobb
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Sources close to Horsham MP Francis Maude say that although he knew a cabinet level role was on the cards he made it clear he wants to stay as Cabinet Office Minister.

First elected in 1997 and served as Conservative party Chairman, shadow minister for the cabinet office and shadow chancellor to the Duchy of Lancaster, Mr Maude was appointed Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General following the 2010 elections.

As Prime Minister David Cameron reshuffled his cabinet today there was speculation about whether Mr Maude would take on a new role.

But in a statement released this afternoon (Tuesday) sources close to Francis Maude say that Maude “knew a Cabinet-level role was on the cards but made it clear he wanted to stay as Cabinet Office Minister to drive forward the cross-Whitehall efficiency and civil service reform agendas to which there is still significant system resistance”.

It is not known what cabinet role that might have been, but Mr Maude is said to be ‘happy’ with his current post.

Meanwhile MP for the Arundel and South Downs Nick Herbert has stepped down as policing minister. Click on the link below to read the story.