Liz Truss replaced as Justice Secretary in reshuffle

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The architect of both the whiplash reforms and the discount rate cut, Liz Truss, has been replaced as Justice Secretary after less than a year in the role.

Truss, pictured, has had the shortest ever tenure in the Cabinet role. She will become Chief Secretary to the Treasury and will be replaced by David Lidington.

Lidington said he would work to “ensure that justice is fairly administered and robustly defended”.

He added: “Together with my ministerial team, I look forward to working with the hardworking and dedicated staff in our prisons and probation services, in our courts and tribunals and with people right across the justice system.

“Democracy and freedom are built on the rule of law, and are protected by a strong and independent judiciary.”

It is not known how the appointment will affect both the Prison and Courts Bill, which includes whiplash reforms, or the discount rate review. 

Huw Evans, director general of the Association of British Insurers said: “We will be aiming to meet with ministers at the Ministry of Justice at the earliest opportunity to ensure they understand the urgency of reforming the discount rate, and to emphasise the importance of continuing the government’s valuable work on personal injury reform. I’m confident we’ll get a good hearing.”

Lidington was dubbed ‘Mr Clean’ in the 2009 expenses scandal, when it emerged he had submitted claims for dry cleaning bills. In addition, he expensed a £51 order from Boots that included L’Oreal moisturiser and Sensodyne toothpaste.

Lidington later repaid the expenses after admitted they may have been “over-generous”.

Andrew Twambley, spokesman for Access to Justice, said: “I like him already. Liz Truss had no idea, and nobody respected her. 

“Although [Lidington] has got no legal experience, he seems to have great experience in life, commerce and business, and I think he’s a great appointment. We’re looking to work well with him.

“Anyone who was in the winning University Challenge team gets a thumbs up from me.”

 

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