Aylesbury MP David Lidington looks set to remain in his European post as the Prime Minister reshuffles his cabinet pack.
Reports suggested Mr Lidington, who has served as minister for Europe since the 2010 election, could lose out as right-wing Tory MPs pushed David Cameron to appoint someone to the role who would take a harder line against the EU.
But as announcements were made on who was on the move on August 4, Mr Lidington’s name was not among those mentioned and it would appear Mr Cameron resisted the pressure to give him a new role.
The Aylesbury MP is believed to be highly valued by the Prime Minister and reports suggested if he did lose the European role he could have been promoted to the cabinet as Northern Ireland secretary, a position he shadowed while in opposition.
But that post has been filled by Theresa Villiers, previously minister of state for transport.
Mr Lidington angered some Conservative MPs when he wrote in French newspaper Le Monde that Britain would never leave the EU. But the immigration minister backed the Aylesbury MP to keep his European job.