New Forest MP receives ministerial post in Cameron's reshuffle

New Forest MP Desmond Swayne promoted to DFID

New Forest MP Desmond Swayne promoted to DFID

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A NEW Forest MP was promoted in David Cameron's reshuffle - then immediately admitted many of his constituents would not like his new job.

Desmond Swayne, MP for New Forest West, landed a job as senior minister in the department for international development after nearly two years as a whip.

The move will bring responsibility for the Middle East and North Africa - including trouble spots such as Syria and Libya - as well as the Caribbean and the UK's overseas territories.

Mr Swayne said he was delighted by the promotion, telling the Daily Echo: “It's the portfolio I wanted - it's something I've always been interested in.

“I have worked in Rwanda for six years on an international development project and I have always felt passionately that it's a very important brief.”

However, Mr Swayne admitted the appointment might not be popular with his constituents who oppose the flagship Tory policy of hiking international aid.

The prime minister has come under fire from many Conservative supporters after the UK reached its target of spending 0.7 per cent of GDP on aid.

Mr Swayne admitted: “It's not the most popular subject for many of my constituents, who complain about the level of international aid, especially at a time of austerity.

“I probably get three letters a week complaining about it, saying the money should be spent on pensioners instead.

“However, I think it's vitally important if we are to retain the security of our borders against the movement of people trying to escape the disaster areas of the world.”

The promotion is Mr Swayne's first ministerial post. He spent seven years as Mr Cameron's unpaid parliamentary aide in opposition and government.

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8:46pm Tue 15 Jul 14

forest-dweller says...

Cameron flunky gets promoted - what a surprise. As an MP he is shockingly bad, seems to have scant regard for his constituents (myself included) and does not communicate what he actually ever does. If you dare send an email instead of a letter, you'll get some off handish reply. I spent some time away from the area, and the MP used to send a weekly newsletter as to what he had done that week. All Swayne has on his website is some ridiculous blog where he can pontificate to his heart's content.
Cameron flunky gets promoted - what a surprise. As an MP he is shockingly bad, seems to have scant regard for his constituents (myself included) and does not communicate what he actually ever does. If you dare send an email instead of a letter, you'll get some off handish reply. I spent some time away from the area, and the MP used to send a weekly newsletter as to what he had done that week. All Swayne has on his website is some ridiculous blog where he can pontificate to his heart's content. forest-dweller
  • Score: 5

8:48pm Tue 15 Jul 14

forest-dweller says...

0.7% of GDP spent on overseas aid, and another 0.7% (or more) spent on aid on those from overseas who are milking the system in this country.
0.7% of GDP spent on overseas aid, and another 0.7% (or more) spent on aid on those from overseas who are milking the system in this country. forest-dweller
  • Score: -1

9:43pm Tue 15 Jul 14

ShuttleX says...

All those miles jogging with the other parasite paid off then Mr Swayne? Not what you know, but who you know. Hopefully your constituents will blame you for the Government giving away billions of our taxes, and vote you out next year. The simple way to protect our borders is not to give money to corrupt dictators, but to get our troops back from wars we shouldn't be in, post them on the borders, and shoot to kill any scrounging so called refugee who lands. Why do they always sneak right across Europe to get here? The simple answer is we are to soft. About time we got a lot tougher.
All those miles jogging with the other parasite paid off then Mr Swayne? Not what you know, but who you know. Hopefully your constituents will blame you for the Government giving away billions of our taxes, and vote you out next year. The simple way to protect our borders is not to give money to corrupt dictators, but to get our troops back from wars we shouldn't be in, post them on the borders, and shoot to kill any scrounging so called refugee who lands. Why do they always sneak right across Europe to get here? The simple answer is we are to soft. About time we got a lot tougher. ShuttleX
  • Score: 1

9:04am Wed 16 Jul 14

forest-dweller says...

ShuttleX wrote:
All those miles jogging with the other parasite paid off then Mr Swayne? Not what you know, but who you know. Hopefully your constituents will blame you for the Government giving away billions of our taxes, and vote you out next year. The simple way to protect our borders is not to give money to corrupt dictators, but to get our troops back from wars we shouldn't be in, post them on the borders, and shoot to kill any scrounging so called refugee who lands. Why do they always sneak right across Europe to get here? The simple answer is we are to soft. About time we got a lot tougher.
I would love to see him deselected, but I doubt that will happen. And with a near 18k majority, I doubt he is going to get voted out.
[quote][p][bold]ShuttleX[/bold] wrote: All those miles jogging with the other parasite paid off then Mr Swayne? Not what you know, but who you know. Hopefully your constituents will blame you for the Government giving away billions of our taxes, and vote you out next year. The simple way to protect our borders is not to give money to corrupt dictators, but to get our troops back from wars we shouldn't be in, post them on the borders, and shoot to kill any scrounging so called refugee who lands. Why do they always sneak right across Europe to get here? The simple answer is we are to soft. About time we got a lot tougher.[/p][/quote]I would love to see him deselected, but I doubt that will happen. And with a near 18k majority, I doubt he is going to get voted out. forest-dweller
  • Score: 2

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