Promotion for Desmond Swayne in reshuffle

Salisbury Journal: Promotion for Desmond Swayne in reshuffle Promotion for Desmond Swayne in reshuffle

NEW Forest West MP Desmond Swayne has been promoted in David Cameron's reshuffle - but says many of his constituents will not like his new job.

Mr Swayne landed a job as senior minister in the department for international development after nearly two years as a whip.

The move will bring responsibility for the Middle East and North Africa - including trouble spots such as Syria and Libya - as well as the Caribbean and the UK's overseas territories.

Mr Swayne said: “It's the portfolio I wanted - it's something I've always been interested in.

“I have worked in Rwanda for six years on an international development project and I have always felt passionately that it's a very important brief.”

However, Mr Swayne admitted the appointment might not be popular with his constituents who oppose the flagship Tory policy of hiking international aid.

The prime minister has come under fire from many Conservative supporters after the UK reached its target of spending 0.7 per cent of GDP on aid.

Mr Swayne admitted: “It's not the most popular subject for many of my constituents, who complain about the level of international aid, especially at a time of austerity.

“I probably get three letters a week complaining about it, saying the money should be spent on pensioners instead.

“However, I think it's vitally important if we are to retain the security of our borders against the movement of people trying to escape the disaster areas of the world.”

The promotion is Mr Swayne's first ministerial post. He spent seven years as Mr Cameron's unpaid parliamentary aide in opposition and government.

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2:13pm Wed 16 Jul 14

karlmarx says...

"Mr Swayne admitted: “It's not the most popular subject for many of my constituents, who complain about the level of international aid, especially at a time of austerity."

There's that contradiction again 'at a time of austerity' yet we are informed that we are in an 'economic recovery'. Which is it?

I expect that the atrocities bring committed against the women and children of Gaza will be high on the list of priorities?
"Mr Swayne admitted: “It's not the most popular subject for many of my constituents, who complain about the level of international aid, especially at a time of austerity." There's that contradiction again 'at a time of austerity' yet we are informed that we are in an 'economic recovery'. Which is it? I expect that the atrocities bring committed against the women and children of Gaza will be high on the list of priorities? karlmarx
  • Score: -6

5:37pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Frogham Ferret says...

Given Osborne,s hoax over the austerity deficit ( see Huffington post article http://www.huffingto
npost.co.uk/ramesh-p
atel/growth-cameron-
austerity_b_2007552.
html). Then we could afford both to honour our obligation to overseas aid, and also to those poorer souls in our own country.
Given Osborne,s hoax over the austerity deficit ( see Huffington post article http://www.huffingto npost.co.uk/ramesh-p atel/growth-cameron- austerity_b_2007552. html). Then we could afford both to honour our obligation to overseas aid, and also to those poorer souls in our own country. Frogham Ferret
  • Score: -1

4:54pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Grampie says...

No promotion for poor old John Glen.

All those around him are getting jobs, yet his is being ignored. he can't even get the ear of the PM about the loss of 550 jobs in the area.
No promotion for poor old John Glen. All those around him are getting jobs, yet his is being ignored. he can't even get the ear of the PM about the loss of 550 jobs in the area. Grampie
  • Score: 0

1:56am Mon 21 Jul 14

karlmarx says...

karlmarx wrote:
"Mr Swayne admitted: “It's not the most popular subject for many of my constituents, who complain about the level of international aid, especially at a time of austerity."

There's that contradiction again 'at a time of austerity' yet we are informed that we are in an 'economic recovery'. Which is it?

I expect that the atrocities bring committed against the women and children of Gaza will be high on the list of priorities?
Judging by all the negative voting it appears that there are quite a number of people in this area who support the slaughter of Palestinian women and children. Shame on you all.
[quote][p][bold]karlmarx[/bold] wrote: "Mr Swayne admitted: “It's not the most popular subject for many of my constituents, who complain about the level of international aid, especially at a time of austerity." There's that contradiction again 'at a time of austerity' yet we are informed that we are in an 'economic recovery'. Which is it? I expect that the atrocities bring committed against the women and children of Gaza will be high on the list of priorities?[/p][/quote]Judging by all the negative voting it appears that there are quite a number of people in this area who support the slaughter of Palestinian women and children. Shame on you all. karlmarx
  • Score: 2
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