City of London MP Mark Field has been handed a ministerial role as Prime Minister Theresa May continues to rebuild her government

 
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City of London MP Mark Field has been named a minister in the Foreign Office as Prime Minister Theresa May rebuilds her government following last week's shock election results.

May's Conservatives lost 13 seats at the General Election, and is continuing to make appointments to her front-bench teams following the confirmation of her cabinet.

It will be Field's first time serving as a government minister, and his remit at the Foreign Office has yet to be confirmed.

He previously served as a vice-chair of the Conservative party for a one-year term, ending in May 2017.

Field has represented the City of London since 2001, although his majority was cut sharply in the most recent election, falling from 9,671 to just 3,148.

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He is the latest Remain campaigner to be offered a seat in May's team, and is joined today by fellow pro-Europe voice Alastair Burt, who will serve a joint role in the FCO and the Department for International Development.

Despite the appointments being made, May has yet to select a new City minister, or clarify who will be responsible for Brexit and financial services under the new system.

The previous incumbent, Simon Kirby, was dethroned by Labour in the election, but had already lost responsibility for Brexit to Baroness Neville-Rolfe, who has also confirmed her own departure from government today.

One question that has been resolved however, is the identity of the new minister for London.

Croydon central MP Gavin Barwell had held the role, but lost his seat, before being appointed as May's new chief of staff.

The capital brief has been handed to Chelsea MP Greg Hands, a former chief secretary to the Treasury under George Osborne.

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