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Northern Powerhouse minister quits as Theresa May continues reshuffle

The Northern Powerhouse minister has quit the Government to "pursue other challenges" as Theresa May continued to put her frontbench team together.

Andrew Percy said he had been asked to continue in his role at the Department for Communities and Local Government but had "reluctantly" decided to step down.

The Brigg and Goole MP said the Prime Minister "continues to enjoy my full support" from the backbenches.

In a post on his Facebook page, he said: " Was a privilege to be asked to continue serving in my role in Government as a minister, but I have reluctantly decided to step down and leave the Government.

"I thank the Prime Minister for offering me this role again but I have decided to pursue other challenges. She continues to enjoy my full support from the backbenches.

"I will not be making any further comment or doing any media on my decision. Thanks to all my civil servants to their incredible support in the role.

"My work as our local MP continues unchanged."

In other changes in the ministerial ranks, former soldier and Westminster terror attack hero Tobias Ellwood has been given a new role at the Ministry of Defence.

The Conservative MP for Bournemouth East, who went to the aid of Pc Keith Palmer after he was fatally stabbed by Khalid Masood on March 22, had been at the Foreign Office.

Mr Ellwood tweeted: "Delighted and honoured to be appointed as minister in the Ministry of Defence. Thanks for all the support I received during my 3 yrs at FCO."

Meanwhile it was confirmed that junior Brexit minister Lord Bridges of Headley has left his post.

Among those ministers continuing in their roles is Tory MP Tracey Crouch ( Chatham and Aylesford) who was reappointed as sport minister while apparently watching the England v France friendly in Paris, which was attended by the Prime Minister and French President Emmanuel Macron.

Ms Crouch tweeted: "Missed @HKane goal. Ironically was on phone being reappointed @DCMS Sport, Tourism & Heritage minister. Obviously delighted (about goal too)."

Ministerial appointments confirmed by Number 10 are:

:: Department for Transport

Lord Callanan

:: (joint) Department for Communities and Local Government and the Northern Ireland Office

Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth

:: Cabinet Office

Caroline Nokes

:: Ministry of Defence

Tobias Ellwood

::Department of Health

Jackie Doyle-Price

Steve Brine

:: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Richard Harrington

:: Northern Ireland Office

Chloe Smith

: : Department for Culture, Media and Sport

John Glen

:: Department for Work and Pensions

Guy Opperman

:: HM Treasury

Economic Secretary to the Treasury - Stephen Barclay

Other ministers who have been confirmed as continuing following the election are:

:: Department for Health

Lord O'Shaughnessy

:: Department for Education

Lord Nash

:: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Lord Prior of Brampton

:: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Lord Gardiner of Kimble

:: Department for Media, Culture and Sport

Lord Ashton of Hyde

:: Cabinet Office

Chris Skidmore

:: Home Office

Sarah Newton

:: Department for Exiting the European Union

Robin Walker

:: Ministry of Defence

Harriett Baldwin

:: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Therese Coffey

:: Ministry of Justice

Sam Gyimah

Phillip Lee

: : Department for International Trade

Mark Garnier

:: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Margot James

:: Department for Transport

Paul Maynard

:: Department for Communities and Local Government

Marcus Jones

:: Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Tracey Crouch

: : Office of the Leader of the House of Commons

Michael Ellis

The following have also been confirmed:

:: Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentleman at Arms (Lords Chief Whip)

Rt Hon Lord Taylor of Holbeach CBE

: : Captain of the Queen's Bodyguard of the Yeoman of the Guard (Deputy Chief Whip)

Earl of Courtown

:: Advocate General for Scotland

Lord Keen of Elie QC

The following have left Government:

Lord Bridges of Headley MBE (Department for Exiting the European Union)

Lord Dunlop (Northern Ireland Office)

Further appointments confirmed by Number 10 included:

:: Department for Work and Pensions

Caroline Dinenage

:: Department for Communities and Local Government

Jake Berry

:: Department for Transport

Jesse Norman

Meanwhile, Guto Bebb will continue as a junior minister in the Wales Office and Robert Buckland retains his post as Solicitor General.

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