THE BRACKNELL MP has taken to social media to claim his delight over not being ‘shuffled out’ in the Cabinet reshuffle.

Dr Phillip Lee MP was rumoured to be in line for a senior seat in the cabinet before Prime Minister Theresa May announced the changes.

Reports had broken on new year’s day that Dr Lee could be made health secretary if Jeremy Hunt was moved into the deputy PM seat.

This speculation came to nothing, however, when it was announced that Mr Hunt would remain in his seat, as would Dr Lee.

It appeared that Theresa May had thrown her support behind the Bracknell MP the week before the re-shuffle, when she spoke to The News about her working relationship with the 47-year-old.

Mrs May said: “Well, I know Phillip Lee very well, obviously he’s a neighbouring member of parliament, but I knew him very well even before he was a member of parliament.”

Dr Lee posted on Facebook that he was delighted to have remained in his position.

He said: “Delighted not to have been shuffled out of the Ministry of Justice so that I can carry on with the important work we’ve begun on using the power of sport in criminal justice, transforming women’s justice, delivering a victims’ strategy, reforming youth justice and raising standards of offender healthcare.”