Lidington retains crucial European role

David Lidington's closest rival in the Aylesbury election was Chris Adams from the anti-EU party UKIP
David Lidington's closest rival in the Aylesbury election was Chris Adams from the anti-EU party UKIP

David Lidington has been re-appointed as Minister for Europe by Prime Minister David Cameron.

The Aylesbury MP has held the role since 2010, making him the longest surviving minister in the role.

The job will be high profile given the renegotiations which will be held on Britain’s membership with the EU in the run-up to an in-out referendum to take place within the next couple of years.

On Tuesday afternoon Mr Lidington tweeted: “Delighted to be continuing as UK Europe Minister #EU reform a key govt priority More competitive, democratic, flexible EU in interest of all.”

Mr Lidington added that ‘Europe needs reform to reconnect with so many disaffected people throughout EU’ and that ‘I fully expect us to achieve @David_Cameron ‘s & govt’s negotiating objectives’.

The role means Mr Lidington will once again not be able to vote on contentious government issues such as HS2.

Mr Lidington will be paid an extra £41,370 for the role, taking his total pay up to £107,108.