Sir George - back in the Cabinet after just six weeks on the back benches (From Basingstoke Gazette)
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Sir George - back in the Cabinet after just six weeks on the back benches
10:09am Saturday 20th October 2012 in Andover
AFTER a retirement from front-line politics of just six weeks, Andover's MP Sir George Young is back on the front bench of Government as a member of the cabinet.
Sir George has been called up to replace Andrew Mitchell who resigned after weeks of bad publicity in the spotlight following his alleged outburst with police about riding a bicycle through the gates of Downing Street.
Sir George is now Chief Whip, trying to ensure that Conservative MPs tow the line as much as possible and support party policy.
It is the second time that Sir George has replaced a member of the Mitchell family.
Andrew Mitchell's father, Sir David Mitchell, was Andover's MP between 1964 and 1997 when Sir George was adopted to replace him on Sir David's retirement.
In another coincidence both David Mitchell are keen cyclists - with Sir George a former chairman of the all-party cycling group and once known as the 'bicycling baronet'..