Northampton MP appointed deputy leader of the House of Commons

Michael Ellis has been given a new role by the new Prime Minister, Theresa May
Michael Ellis has been given a new role by the new Prime Minister, Theresa May
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Northampton North MP Michael Ellis says he is "delighted" to have been given a role in Prime Minister Theresa May's new government.

Mr Ellis has been appointed deputy leader of the House of Commons which assists the leader in ensuring any legislation being put forward is ready to be presented to the House.

He said: "I am delighted to have ben asked to be part of Theresa May's government.

"To have the role of deputy leader is a huge honour and I look forward to very much helping the planning and supervision in the House of Commons of the busy legislation of the government.

"The last three weeks have been an absolute whirlwind - it has been non-stop, with breaking developments sometimes two or three times a day and it's been something of a rollercoaster.

"But we now have an extremely highly regarded and competent new leader and Prime Minister who I know very well," he added.

Mr Ellis was previously Mrs May's Parliamentary Private Secretary.

Elsewhere, Chris Heaton-Harris has been made assistant whip. The Daventry MP tweeted: "I am delighted to have been asked to join the Government’s Whips’ Office as an Assistant Whip. A week is, absolutely, a long time in politics."