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MP Jeremy Wright named as new Attorney General

Stratford Editorial 15th Jul, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

JEREMY Wright has been named as the new Attorney General in a cabinet reshuffle.

The MP for Kenilworth and Southam since 2005 has replaced Dominic Grieve as legal advisor to government.

The former Justice Minister studied at the Inns of Court School of Law in London before becoming a barrister and specialising in criminal law.

In his political career he has so far served as a member of the Justice Committee and founded the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia – an initiative to improve the lives of dementia sufferers and their carers. He was made an Opposition Whip in 2007 and became a Government Whip in 2010.

His new role will see him oversee the law officers’ departments including the Crown Prosecution Service.

He will also act as principal legal advisor on questions of EU and international law and human rights.

Other responsibilities for the dad-of-two include referring lenient sentences to the Court of Appeal, bringing proceedings for contempt of court and dealing with questions of law arising on government bills.

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