KEIGHLEY and Ilkley MP Kris Hopkins has been given a senior position in the Government Whips' Office in the ministerial shuffle.

Mr Hopkins has been made Vice-Chamberlain of the Household, an ancient title which dates back to 1501.

His duties will include the organisation of parliamentary business and writing a daily private report to the Queen on proceedings in the House of Commons.

As an officer of the Royal Household, the Conservative MP will also accompany Her Majesty at a number of diplomatic and social events.

Mr Hopkins, who was previously Minister for Local Government, said: "Some of the ceremonial duties will take a bit of getting used to. For example, in two weeks, I’m due to be ‘taken hostage’ in Buckingham Palace to ensure the safe return of the Queen after she delivers her annual speech at the State Opening of Parliament.

"However, the day job will involve significant responsibility for getting Government business through the House of Commons as we seek to implement the Conservative manifesto in full."

He said he was excited to play a key part in delivering Tory initiatives on behalf of the people of Keighley and Ilkley.