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Delyn MP David Hanson hopes for shadow minister role

DELYN MP David Hanson spent the week ‘minding the shop’ while negotiations about the new Government took place.

Mr Hanson, who was re-elected last Thursday, continued in his role as policing and security minister until Tuesday evening, when the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties decided to form a coalition Government.

He said he expected to be assigned a role as shadow minister in the opposition.

Talking to the Chronicle on Tuesday he said: “I was in London yesterday (Monday) and went to the Home Office as a minister.

“I was able to deal with correspondence but can’t take any major decisions that would have a big impact, I’m acting as a sort of caretaker.”

Speaking about leader Gordon Brown’s resignation, Mr Hanson said he thought it would have been hard for the Prime Minister to carry on.

He said: “Labour have lost 97 seats and this has been a very difficult election so I think that, whatever happened, it’s time for a fresh start.

“I’d like to pay tribute to Gordon Brown because he has fought a very hard campaign and done a very good job.

“I’m sorry to see him go, but I think he’s made the right decision.”

He didn’t want to comment on who he would like to lead the party, but Mark Tami MP is backing David Miliband.

Mr Hanson said his job would be quite different as MP for the opposition.

He said: “When I became MP in 1992 the Conservatives were in power and there was a big difference.

“Every time I voted we lost the vote, I had very limited influence and never set foot in a Government office.”

He added: “I didn’t want to see a Conservative Government but I will serve the people of Delyn come what may.”

He said the issues facing the constituency were the same as those facing the country.

“The key thing is to reduce the deficit and create a stable economy,” he said.

“For 12 out of the 13 years that Labour has been in power there has been a stable economy, but the worldwide banking crisis has created real challenges which have been reflected locally.

“What we need to do is tackle these issues.”

But, although his party is no longer in power, Mr Hanson said he will be focusing on the constituency.

He said: “I have been working as the local MP since I was re-elected last week and am concentrating on that.

“I’ll be continuing my work as the Delyn MP as normal.

“What happened with the Government is out of my hands.”

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