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Ainsworth Becomes Government Minister

Coventry MP Bob Ainsworth has been made a minister in the wake of Peter Mandelson’s departure from the government.

He has been promoted from the position of Government Whip to Parliamentary Under-Secretary of Sate at the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions.

The former Jaguar worker, who was deputy leader of Coventry City Council from 1988-91 before winning Coventry North East, will have responsibilities for housing, aviation, coastal policy, countryside and wildlife, water, waste, and science and technology policy.

His move comes following a reshuffle prompted by the departure of Peter Mandelson from the government.

Ironically, it was Mandelson’s call to Mr Ainsworth’s neighbouring MP Mike O’Brien over a passport application that prompted his downfall.

Mr O’Brien was the immigration minister at the time the controversial Hinduja brothers were trying to get citizenship.

Mr Mandelson’s previous resignation from the government followed a £373,000 loan from Coventry North West MP Geoffrey Robinson.

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CWN / Politics / MPs / Bob Ainsworth  / 26 Jan 01

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