North Devon MP loses ministerial position

15:03 04 September 2012

Armed Forces Minister and North Devon MP Nick Harvey.

Armed Forces Minister and North Devon MP Nick Harvey.

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North Devon MP Nick Harvey hit by government reshuffle as he loses position in Ministry of Defence.

NORTH Devon MP Nick Harvey has learnt he will be leaving his post in the Ministry of Defence in yesterday’s (Tues) government reshuffle.

Lib Dem MP Mr Harvey has served as the Minister of State for the Armed Forces since May 2010.

In a statement released yesterday Mr Harvey said: “It has been a pleasure to have served as a defence minister and an honour to have worked with our armed forces, whose courage, dedication and professionalism inspire all who come into contact with them.

“This has been a challenging period and we have had to make very tough and sometimes unpalatable decisions about reductions in our defences, at the same time as sustaining the operation in Afghanistan and other security tasks like the recent effort supporting the Olympics.

“Nick Clegg made it clear that the decision was not a reflection on my performance in the job, which he said was widely regarded as having been excellent, but rather a strategic political decision to ‘trade’ this post for one in another government department.

“My replacement at Defence will therefore be a Conservative.

“I will continue to support the coalition government, and my Liberal Democrat colleagues working so hard as part of it, from the slightly freer and less regimented world of the backbenches.

“And I look forward to having more time with my family – and for my constituency work in North Devon, which I have been proud to represent in Parliament for twenty years.”

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  • Nick will be a sad loss in the Ministry of Defence. He has given so much support to the wider Armed Forces Family both as Armed Forces Minister and as Shadow Defence Minister. A sad day. Best wishes Nick - The Colonel

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    The Colonel

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012

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