David Cameron faces new pressure on future of Minister for Portsmouth Matthew Hancock

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PRESSURE will be put on the prime minister to review Matthew Hancock’s future as the minister for Portsmouth.

The city’s Labour group hoped the full council would rally together to support the position being abolished altogether.

They felt the role has failed to help retain shipbuilding after BAE announced it would leave.

But the Lib Dems felt the position has promoted the city, and praised the first city minister Michael Fallon in helping to create jobs. The group said the government should consider a replacement for Mr Hancock, and that proposal was agreed.

Chief executive David Williams will write to David Cameron with the request.

Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Lib Dem leader, said: ‘We haven’t had that impact with Mr Hancock, we haven’t seen jobs created.’

Cllr Donna Jones, council leader, argued he was working hard.

‘He has visited the navy, small businesses, Airbus and met the Local Enterprise Partnership and has been involved in the next round of the regional growth deal,’ she said.