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Lansley appoints war veteran doctor to new Commons mission

By Ian Quinn

A former doctor and shadow health minister who served in the war in Iraq will be helping the new health secretary dodge the bullets at Westminster.

Andrew Murrison MP has been appointed parliamentary private secretary to Andrew Lansley.

Dr Murrison served for 18 years as a medical officer in the Royal Navy, leaving in 2000 as a surgeon commander, but was recalled in 2003 to serve in Iraq.

First selected for the West Wiltshire constituency of Westbury in September 2000, he has served both as a Tory health and defence spokesman, and has campaigned for more resources for armed forces medics.

He was also recently tasked by David Cameron with drawing up a blueprint to ensure better care for servicemen and women suffering from mental health problems after tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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