Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

Theresa May's Cabinet meets as reshuffle continues

Justine Greening is expected to join forces with pro European Tories such as her predecessor Nicky Morgan Justine Greening is expected to join forces with pro European Tories such as her predecessor Nicky MorganLEON NEAL GETTY IMAGES
Ellis Copeland | 12 January, 2018, 15:18

The former minister was pushing to stay in her education brief and was unwilling to accept a different job offered to her by the Prime Minister.

The Cabinet changes - at least two secretaries out and seven officials promoted - are May's first major effort to refashion her top team, after months of speculation about her future. It was reported that Greening made a decision to go after refusing May's offer as Works and Pensions Secretary.

Despite May claiming the reshuffle ensures the Government "looks more like the country it serves", just six of the 23 Cabinet Ministers are women, and only one comes from a non-white ethnic group.

Speaking after his departure, Sir Patrick said: "I have been in the Cabinet for eight years and I have had a very good run".

They added: "What is important is producing a government that can deliver on the priorities of the British people and deliver social mobility".

Greening, who is seen as on the modernising wing of the Conservative party, was praised by the party's leader in Scotland, Ruth Davidson, and backbencher, Heidi Allen. However, this is slightly lower than under Cameron, when 50% of minister went to Oxbridge. Justine Greening's replacement, Damian Hinds is an ex-grammar schools pupil. Although he has a low profile in the party and media but, according to his government biography, he previously "spent 18 years working in the pubs, brewing and hotel industries, in Britain and overseas". She has quickly bounced back into a cabinet-level job after losing her seat in 2015 and then parachuting into a safe constituency past year. And Jeremy Hunt is to add social care to his health secretary position.

However, things got off to an inauspicious start when Conservatives tweeted the appointment of Transport Secretary Chris Grayling as the new party chairman only to delete the post quickly.

There were no changes in the so-called big Offices of State which meant Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Amber Rudd, all kept their jobs.

David Lidington was also moved from Justice Secretary to become the new Minister of State for the Cabinet office - replaced by David Gauke, previously Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

He has been replaced by Karen Bradley, formerly the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

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Northern Ireland is still without an Assembly for whoever replaces Mr Brokenshire in this post.

Jeremy Hunt was put in charge of the beefed up Department of Health and Social Care. He has been a minister at DCMS.

As a result of today's #CabinetReshuffle, 10 women will now attend Cabinet.

It was later confirmed that Brandon Lewis, formerly immigration minister, was the new party chairman.

James Brokenshire steps down as Northern Ireland Secretary for health reasons.

And then there was Justine Greening. It would therefore be sensible for May to aim to appoint at least one female Minister to each department, bar the smaller Scottish and Welsh departments.

David Davis is staying on as Brexit Secretary, while Liam Fox remains as International Trade Secretary.

Early in the day the Tory party tweeted congratulations to Chris Grayling for being made chairman of the party.

Baroness Evans of Bowes Park stays on as Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords.

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