MP gains pro­mo­tion

The Galloway News - - NEWS -

Dum­fries and Gal­loway Tory MP Alis­ter Jack has re­ceived his sec­ond pro­mo­tion of the year at West­min­ster.

Mr Jack’s ap­point­ment as Lord Com­mis­sioner of HM Trea­sury was con­firmed on Tues­day.

The 56-year-old moves up from his job as an as­sis­tant gov­ern­ment whip to the more se­nior role of gov­ern­ment whip.

His job will in­clude try­ing to per­suade rebel Tory MPs to back Theresa May over Brexit.

Three Con­ser­va­tives pro–EU MPs quit the party in Fe­bru­ary to join the new In­de­pen­dent Group.

And dozens of Brex­i­teer Tory MPs voted down the PM’s exit deal from Europe on three oc­ca­sions.

Mr Jack said: “There is no es­cap­ing the fact these are chal­leng­ing times in the Com­mons. “I will be­ing do­ing my ut­most to help se­cure progress in the weeks ahead.

“How­ever, as I’ve stated pre­vi­ously, my main fo­cus will re­main rep­re­sent­ing the peo­ple of Dum­fries and Gal­loway con­stituency.”

The MP was made an as­sis­tant gov­ern­ment whip in Fe­bru­ary.

Smiles Conservati­ve chief whip Julian Smith, left, with Alis­ter Jack MP after con­fir­ma­tion of his new role

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