Fareham MP loses his front bench government role

Mark Hoban MP
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FAREHAM’S MP is no longer a minister of state following a coalition reshuffle.

Mark Hoban was given the position of work and pensions minister in September 2012.

David Cameron broke the news to him this morning.

Mr Hoban said the Prime Minister made it clear that he was very happy with all the work he had done.

Mr Hoban added: ‘I have had better Monday’s. Obviously I am disappointed but I am not the kind of person who looks back and has regrets.

‘The time has come for fresh faces. I have been a frontbencher for 12 years and I am looking forward to my role as a backbencher where I will be able to talk about a wider range of issues.’

Mr Hoban denied the change had anything to do with the controversial new work programme.

He said: ‘I have turned the work programme around and I have delivered on what I was asked to achieve.

‘I think it is absolutely right to reform welfare and get people back into work and not reliant on benefits.’

Mr Hoban has been replaced by Esther McVey, the Minister for Disabled People since 2012.