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David Liddington appointed Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

Fourth successive non-lawyer appointed to office

The Rt Hon David Lidington MP has been appointed as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice.

David Lidington, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, said:

"I am pleased and honoured to have been appointed as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice.

"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. I look forward to taking my Oath as Lord Chancellor, and to working with the Lord Chief Justice and his fellow judges in the months ahead, to ensure that justice is fairly administered and robustly defended."

Mr Liddington has previously been the Minister of State for Europe and Leader of the House of Commons. Mr Liddington, like his immediate predecessors Liz Truss, Michael Gove and Chris Grayling, is a non-lawyer.

11/6/17