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12:00am Tuesday 30th October 2012 in News
AFTER a retirement from frontline politics of just six weeks, Andover’s MP Sir George Young is back on the front bench of Government as a member of the Cabinet.
Sir George, 71, has been called up to replace Andrew Mitchell, pictured right, who resigned as Chief Whip after weeks of bad publicity following his alleged outburst at police about riding a bicycle through the gates of Downing Street.
Sir George said: “While sad about the circumstances in which this has happened, I am delighted to have this opportunity to serve in the Government again. As Leader of the House until the recent reshuffle, I worked closely with the whips in both coalition parties, and look forward to working with them again.”
Sir George’s new job will see him trying to ensure that Conservative MPs toe the line as much as possible and support party policy.
It is the second time that Sir George has replaced a member of the Mitchell family.
Andrew Mitchell’s father, Sir David Mitchell, was Andover’s MP between 1964 and 1997, when Sir George was adopted to replace him on his retirement.