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Son of textile tycoon to be legal aid minister

20 May 2010

Jonathan Djanogly, son of textile tycoon Sir Harry Djanogly, the co-founder of Coats Viyella and owner of a fortune estimated at £300m, is the next legal aid minister, the MoJ has announced. He takes over from Lord Bach.

Djanogly is a former partner at City firm SJ Berwin and Tory MP for the constituency of Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, formerly the seat of Sir John Major.

According to The Daily Telegraph, he repaid £25,000 to the fees office following the expenses furore. He is said to have claimed almost £5,000 for automatic gates at his second home in Cambridgeshire, together with around £14,000 for cleaning and £13,000 for gardening over a four-year period.

Trainee solicitors were seconded from SJ Berwin to work in Djanogly’s parliamentary office, each one working there for three months. According to the Commons register of interests, the maximum annual value of their work was £41,500.

Djanogly was previously shadow solicitor general and a shadow minister in the Department for Business, Entreprise and Regulatory Reform.

Sir Harry Djanogly was named by The Evening Standard as one of the top five philanthropists in the UK, with an art collection including the largest number of Lowrys in the world, Picassos and Monets.

His son’s other responsibilities at the MoJ are civil law, the Courts Service and the Office of the Public Guardian.

Crispin Blunt, the Tory MP for Reigate in Surrey and a former Army captain, takes over responsibility for criminal justice and prisons.

This includes youth justice, which from now on will be the sole responsibility of the MoJ and no longer be shared with the Department of Education.

Lord McNally, former Liberal Democrat leader of the Lords and now deputy leader there, will be responsible for civil liberties, freedom of information, public law and the Law Commission.

Police minister Nick Herbert will report jointly to the justice secretary and home secretary on criminal justice strategy.

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