Lib Dem gets UK territories

A reshuffle by Britain’s new coalition government has placed a
Liberal Democrat in the Overseas
Territories supervisory
position formerly held by Labour representative Chris Bryant.

According to the UK Foreign and
Commonwealth Office’s website, MP Jeremy Browne will become the Minister of
State with responsibility for eastern and south-eastern Asia, the Caribbean,
Central and South America, the Pacific regions and Australia.

Previously the FCO had given
responsibility for the UK’s Caribbean territories to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary’s
position – now held by conservative lawmaker Alistair Burt. However, Mr. Burt
was given responsibility for the Middle East, North America and northern Africa.

Mr. Browne, who just turned 40 on
Monday, represents the Taunton Deane borough in the south-western part of England. He was
first elected to the seat in 2005 and won re-election earlier in May.

Both ministers will serve under
William Hague, MP who has been selected to head the foreign office as Secretary
of State. Other foreign office ministers include David Lidington, MP who has
responsibility for European issues, and Henry Bellingham, MP who will also
serve as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State.

All foreign office ministers with
the exception of Mr. Browne are conservative party members.