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Newark MP Robert Jenrick's predecessor Patrick Mercer feels sorry for him and ousting was 'the way of politics'

Former Newark MP Patrick Mercer said he feels very sorry for the 'loyal' man who followed him into Parliament, but thinks he would be the first to agree a reshuffle will reflect a new approach.

Mr Mercer, whose resignation prompted the 2014 by-election that saw Robert Jenrick elected, said the ousting was the way of politics.

"I feel very sorry for him," said Mr Mercer.

Former Newark MP Patrick Mercer. (51280726)
Former Newark MP Patrick Mercer. (51280726)

"Robert has performed outstandingly in exceptionally difficult times and I think that I can say, and he will know it too, that age and time are on his side and that he will be back.

"It is just the way of politics.

"Mr Johnson obviously feels that a change is necessary."

Robert Jenrick MP (2327920)
Robert Jenrick MP (2327920)

Asked if he was surprised at the sacking, given that Mr Jenrick was one of the first to back Mr Johnson publicly in the Tory leadership contest and had remained entirely loyal since, Mr Mercer said: "Mr Jenrick has been very loyal to Mr Johnson and that has been reflected in his promotions.

"But with times and circumstances changing, I'm sure that Robert will be the first to agree that a reshuffle will reflect a new approach."


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