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Cheltenham MP sworn in as Lord Chancellor

Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk has been officially sworn in as Lord Chancellor.

Mr Chalk was appointed as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice in April.

In a ceremony at the Royal Courts of Justice, Mr Chalk took the oath of office, which was read out by Antonia Romeo, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice.

The swearing-in was witnessed by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Burnett of Maldon; Master of the Rolls, Sir Geoffrey Vos; Senior President of Tribunals, Sir Keith Lindblom; Chancellor of the High Court, Sir Julian Flaux; President of the King's Bench Division, Dame Victoria Sharp; and President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane.

Mr Chalk's family were also in attendance.

Alex Chalk said: "It's an honour to be sworn in as Lord Chancellor and a privilege to work with the judiciary. Their service is vital to a safe, free and fair society.

"I'm fully committed to respecting the rule of law, defending the independence of the judiciary and bolstering access to justice."

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