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Chamber Comments on Appointment of New Business Secretary

The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP (CC BY 2.0 British High Commission, New DehliThe Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP has been appointed as Secretary of State for Business in Prime Minister David Cameron's new Cabinet.

Mr Javid, the Member for Bromsgrove, was Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in the previous Cabinet. He takes over the business brief from former Lib Dem MP Dr Vince Cable, who lost his seat at last Thursday's election.

Chris Hobson, Head of Information and Representation at East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire), said: "We look forward to working with Sajid as he looks to move the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) forward to maintain and build on the momentum in the economy, which has been largely driven by business.

"In order to do this, he needs to ensure the team at BIS is talking to businesses here in the East Midlands, which as a region, has been a national leader in terms of creating jobs and driving economic growth in the UK over the past five years.

"The region has a broad-based and balanced economy, with real strengths in manufacturing and engineering and these are key sectors which need to be supported in order to secure the long-term success of the UK's economy."

East Midlands MPs the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan (Loughborough) and the Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin (Derbyshire Dales) retained their Cabinet roles as Secretary of State for Education and Secretary of State for Transport respectively.