Reshuffle is good news for interests of the city

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We all know the wide-ranging government reshuffle is primarily about prime minister David Cameron trying to win next year’s general election.

His political antennae picked up on the fact that he needed to change the look of his team to make voting Conservative a more attractive proposition come next May.

Aides and confidantes must have been telling him there was a potentially damaging perception that his government was seen as one of public school privilege which didn’t really reflect modern Britain, particularly in its complement of women.

So Mr Cameron has acted, with a reshuffle that brings in new faces he clearly hopes will be refreshing and help to make the Tories more electable in 10 months’ time.

Rising stars of the party have been given the chance to shine with a place at the top table.

Among those is Portsmouth South MP Penny Mordaunt, who will join the Department for Communities and Local Government as a junior minister.

Surely it’s good news for Portsmouth that she is now a member of the government who arguably carries greater influence.

That can only help as she continues to fight for the city in Westminster.

We’re also pleased that minister for Portsmouth Michael Fallon has been appointed to the key role of defence secretary.

After being brought in earlier this year following the hammer blow that naval shipbuilding in the city was to cease, he has impressed and now takes a strong knowledge of the city’s marine and maritime sector into his new position.

And we welcome Matthew Hancock, Mr Fallon’s successor as minister for Portsmouth and minister for business, enterprise and energy.

By all accounts an extremely able MP, he may represent West Suffolk but has already been to Fratton Park and is said to get what makes this city so special.

We believe we can look to the future with optimism now we are represented at all levels in cabinet meetings, traditionally the heart of government where the big decisions are debated and made.