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Election 2015: Stephen Crabb to remain as Welsh Secretary

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Media captionStephen Crabb said people want to know the Conservative Party cares about those with the least in society

Preseli Pembrokeshire MP Stephen Crabb is to keep his role as Welsh Secretary in David Cameron's new Conservative government.

Mr Crabb first got the job in July 2014, after being a junior Wales Office minister and a government whip.

The prime minister, who leads the first Tory majority government in 18 years, has spent the weekend assembling his new team of ministers.

Mr Crabb was first elected as MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire in 2005.

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Image caption The announcement was made on Twitter on Monday afternoon

In an interview with BBC Wales' parliamentary correspondent David Cornock for Wales Today, Mr Crabb spoke of his aims after hearing he was to keep his role.

He said people wanted to know the Conservative Party cared about those with the least in society and said proving that would be high on the government's agenda over the next five years.

He also said he agreed with plans to cut the number of Welsh MPs from 40 to 30 and said he would be campaigning for Wales and Britain to stay in to the EU ahead of a referendum on the issue.

Earlier of Monday, Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies tweeted his support for Mr Crabb: "Congratulations to @SCrabb2015 who continues as Secretary of State for Wales. Has delivered hugely for Wales and will continue to do so."

The Welsh Assembly's Presiding Officer Dame Rosemary Butler said she wanted to meet Mr Crabb as soon as possible to talk about the prime minister's commitment to deliver further devolution.

A reserved powers model, more AMs, and control over electoral arrangements are her priorities.

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Image caption The Welsh Conservatives tweeted their congratulations to Mr Crabb
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Image caption Lord Nick Bourne, former Welsh Tory leader, also welcomed the reappointment

Last week, Mr Crabb said he was "excited" by the prospect of providing further Welsh devolution, and committed to ensuring "fair funding" for Wales.

He was named 2014 Welsh Politician of the Year, when the chair of judges said he had "revitalised" political debate.

Raised by a single parent in a council house, he grew up in Haverfordwest and attended the town's Tasker Milward School.

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