Mark Lancaster, the Conservative MP for Milton Keynes North, has been promoted to Minister of State for the Ministry of Defence by Prime Minister Theresa May.

Mr Lancaster, who won a third term in Parliament in last Thursday’s election, was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defence Personnel and Veterans by David Cameron in 2015.

But he has now been handed a more prominent role as Mrs May looks to form a minority Government with a deal with the DUP.

Following his re-election in Milton Keynes, the Tory MP wrote on his website: “I’m deeply honoured to be re-elected as Member of Parliament for Milton Keynes North.

“Whilst I was delighted to have received the highest number of votes I’ve ever received, I of course recognise that the closeness of the election reminds me that I should not be in anyway complacent and will continue to work hard to address the concerns of all constituents.”

Mr Lancaster served in the Army between 1988 and 1990 and continues to serve in the Reserves as a Lt Colonel despite his role in Parliament.

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