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Reading West MP appointed as government minister

Alok Sharma says he's honoured to be chosen

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THE MP for Reading West, Alok Sharma, has landed a ministerial role in Prime Minister Theresa May's new government.

Mr Sharma has been appointed Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with responsibility for Asia and the Pacific.

He said: “I am honoured to have been appointed by the Prime Minister as Minister for Asia & the Pacific, hugely important parts of the world that are crucial for the UK’s prosperity and security. Britain is a truly great country and I will work tirelessly to ensure we continue to thrive and prosper on the world stage.”

“I look forward to working closely with my new colleagues and my counterparts across Asia & the Pacific, with a particular focus on strengthening commercial ties, increasing investment opportunities in both directions and promoting human rights in the region.”

Mr Sharma's constituency covers the West Berkshire wards of Calcot, Pangbourne, Purley-on-Thames, Theale and Tilehurst and the MP said he would continue his local work.

“Locally in Reading I will of course continue to hold regular public meetings and surgeries for my constituents and champion campaigns and support businesses and volunteer groups and charities as I done over the past six years.”

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