Friday 8 July 2022

BEVERLEY MP Graham Stuart has been appointed to a position in Government at the Foreign Office by Boris Johnson in the wake of the Prime Minister’s decision to resign and his subsequent move to fill Cabinet and Ministerial vacancies to cover the period between now and when his successor takes office. 

In an announcement late yesterday, Mr Stuart (pictured) was appointed Minister of State at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and as such will be part of the team reporting to Foreign Secretary Liz Truss.

Earlier, following Mr Johnson’s resignation on the steps of Downing Street, Mr Stuart commented for the first time, saying: “I am sorry to see the Prime Minister resign today but he has done the right thing. He can be proud of what he has achieved during the last three years.”

Mr Stuart, who became the MP for the Beverley and Holderness constituency in 2005, was previously Minister for Investment at the Department for International Trade from January 2018 and was subsequently appointed Minister for Exports in February 2020.

He also chaired the Education Select Committee from 2010 to 2015 and was Assistant Government Whip with responsibility for the Department of Health, and later for HM Treasury and the Ministry of Defence from 2016 to 2018.

In his statement following Boris Johnson’s resignation he said: “I am sorry to see the Prime Minister resign today but he has done the right thing.

“He can be proud of what he has achieved during the last three years. He won an 80 seat majority for his positive vision of Britain, he got Brexit done and he has ensured that our country has led the way in supporting Ukraine with both humanitarian and military aid during its ongoing conflict with Russia.

“From a personal perspective, I have been proud to serve during his Premiership. As Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for International Trade I worked with him to deliver on his ambition to make us Global Britain following our departure from the European Union, and I enjoy continuing that work in my current role as a Trade Envoy to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

“Our great country faces a lot of challenges and a lot of opportunities too, including delivering on our pledge to be Net Zero by 2050 and Levelling Up the whole of the United Kingdom. I will continue to work hard on behalf of my constituents in Beverley and Holderness to address these challenges and I will support the next leader of the Conservative Party in their work to ensure that Britain continues to thrive.”

BEVERLEY Photographic Club holds an exhibition of members’ work at St Mary’s Church from Monday July 18 to Saturday July 23

BEVERLEY Golf Club captain Pat Howdle, who completed an epic challenge by playing rounds of golf at Beverley and Hornsea twice and cycling between the two courses each time, has raised more than £2,300 for the mental health charity Space2BHeard. Pat will be raising money for the charity throughout his year as captain and completed the golf and cycling challenge with three fellow Beverley members, Carl Johnson, Doug Sharp, and Matt Suttcliffe.