I was delighted to be appointed Solicitor General in the Cabinet reshuffle last Tuesday. My Government position will be based in the Attorney General’s office working with Dominic Grieve who is the Attorney General. I last had the opportunity of working with Dominic when I was Shadow Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and he was Shadow Attorney General in 2004 and I very much look forward to our working closely together again.
As Solicitor General I will be required to support the Attorney General in his duties. We are the two Law Officers of the Government and in addition to our other duties we provide advice to the Cabinet when required. I am naturally sad that Edward Garnier is no longer Solicitor General and I will endeavour to continue the good work he has already done whilst at the Attorney General’s office. As a consequence of my new appointment whilst I have had to surrender my positions on the select committees I have been involved with, nothing will change in respect of the support I already provide to my constituents.