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Former Rugby MP get top cabinet job

Rugby Editorial 15th Jul, 2014 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

FORMER Rugby MP Jeremy Wright has been named as the new Attorney General in a cabinet reshuffle.

Mr Wright, who now represents Kenilworth and Southam, has replaced Dominic Grieve as legal advisor to government.

He studied at the Inns of Court School of Law in London before becoming a barrister and specialising in criminal law.

In his political career he has so far served as a member of the Justice Committee and founded the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia – an initiative to improve the lives of dementia sufferers and their carers. He was made an Opposition Whip in 2007 and became a Government Whip in 2010.

His new role will see him oversee the law officers’ departments including the Crown Prosecution Service as well as acting as principal legal advisor on questions of EU and international law and human rights.

Other responsibilities for the dad-of-two include referring lenient sentences to the Court of Appeal, bringing proceedings for contempt of court and dealing with questions of law arising on government bills.

Andrew Robathan, the long-serving MP for South Leicestershire which covers Lutterworth and Broughton Astley, has left his job as Northern Ireland minister.

The former member of the SAS had held the position for less than a year after previously serving under Mr Cameron as minister for defence personnel, welfare and veterans and minister for the armed forces. He was also shadow minister for trade and industry from 2002 to 2005.

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