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Updated: Philip Dunne to remain as government health minister

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Philip Dunne has been re-appointed as a health minister at the Department of Health as part of the post-election reshuffle, the prime minister’s office has confirmed.

Mr Dunne will continue as minister of state for health, a post that is the second ranked position behind the health secretary. He has held the post since July 2016.

Mr Dunne retained his Ludlow seat in the election last week, with a majority of around 19,000 votes.

He said on Twitter that he was “delighted” to have been re-appointed as minister of state for health.

As reported yesterday, Jeremy Hunt will continue as health secretary. Lord O’Shaughnessy will also remain as the health department’s representative in the House of Lords.

However, two fellow health ministers – Nicola Blackwood, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, and David Mowat, MP for Warrington South – lost their seats.

On Wednesday, it was revealed that Jackie Doyle-Price, MP for Thurrock, and Steve Brine, MP for Winchester & Chandler’s Ford, have been appointed as their replacements as ministers in the Department of Health.

It has not been announced which positions they will take up and their different responsibilities.

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