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Chelmsford MP to stand for Deputy Speaker role
4:40pm Friday 4th October 2013 in News
Simon Burns has resigned from his post as a Government minister to enter the race to become Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons.
The Chelmsford MP has announced he will be applying for the role vacated by Nigel Evans after he stood down last month when he was charged with a string of sexual assaults.
By standing for the role, it means he has had to step down from his Governmental role as Minister of Transport, which he has held since last year.
He said it had been a "great honour" to serve as minister under David Cameron, but felt it was time to move on.
Mr Burns said: "I will be putting my name forward for consideration for that post in the forthcoming Deputy Speakership election.
"It has been a great honour for me to serve in David Cameron’s government and I am extremely grateful to him for giving me the opportunity.
"I will continue to support him as he is doing an extremely good job in often difficult circumstances."
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