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Cabinet refshuffle means promotion for Fitzpatrick

PUBLISHED: 17:41 09 June 2009 | UPDATED: 14:26 05 October 2010

by Julia Gregory THE CABINET reshuffle has meant promotion for Poplar and Canning Town MP Jim Fitzpatrick who is moving from transport to food and farming. The Labour MP is now getting to grips with animal welfare and farming issues. He takes over from fellow MP Jane Ken

THE CABINET reshuffle has meant promotion for East London MP Jim Fitzpatrick who is moving from transport to food and farming.

The Labour Poplar & Canning Town MP is now getting to grips with animal welfare and farming issues.

He takes over from Jane Kennedy who resigned from her ministerial role yesterday and has been promoted to Minister of State at the Department for Environment.

He got the call from Prime Minister Gordon Brown last night who moved him from his job as Under Secretary of State for Transport.

His new job covers animal welfare matters, bovine tuberculosis, veterinary policy, food chain, gangmasters and some environmental issues.

He said: "It's not just about food and farming, but about labelling and dealing with retailers."

He was due at an agricultural conference on Wednesday.

He added: "Although I've always enjoyed my contact with Mudchute Farm, I couldn't have known I'd end up Minister for Mudchute!"


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