Key party role for Cornish Tory MP
A Cornwall MP has been appointed Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party.
Sarah Newton, MP for Truro and Falmouth, will assume the role from Michael Fallon, who was appointed Business Minister in last week's ministerial reshuffle.
The role typically involves being responsible for running aspects of the party machine, from fundraising to areas of policy. Mrs Newton, who was elected in 2010, said: ''It is an honour to be asked to serve as Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party.
"The role enables me to build on what remains the key focus of my work as Truro and Falmouth's MP; helping hard- working families to overcome the pressures they face to improve the quality of their lives, and the communities in which they live.
''The Conservative Party is at its best when it stands shoulder-to-shoulder with ordinary people trying to realise their potential, from helping first time buyers onto the property ladder, to giving people of all ages the chance to learn new skills and gaining employment, to giving parents greater choice over their children's schooling.
''I know these are the ambitions that my constituents work hard to realise; my new role will allow me to help make sure that the Conservative Party listens to these aspirations, and acts on them."