MP Julian Smith, whose Skipton and Ripon constituency includes Settle, Bentham, Clapham, Ingleton and Burton-in-Lonsdale, has been promoted to Chief Whip as part of Prime Minister Theresa May's mini-reshuffle in the wake of the claims of sexual harassment in Parliament.

Mr Smith replaces Gavin Williamson, who has been given the job of defence secretary following the resignation of Sir Michael Fallon.


He quit yesterday (Wednesday) over allegations about his past behaviour admitting his conduct had "fallen short" of the required standards.

In his new role Mr Smith will be in charge of enforcing party discipline in the House of Commons.