United Kingdom

Cameron sweeps away left in major Cabinet reshuffle


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Prime Minister David Cameron has carried out a sweeping reshuffle of his Cabinet and government, but not the six portfolios held by junior coalition partner Liberal Democrats. Cameron announced a number of resignations and sackings last night which resulted in most of the political heavyweights leaving the Cabinet.

The most remarked upon moves were the resignation of long standing Cabinet minister Ken Clarke who has served in every Conservative Government since 1972 and William Hague the Foreign Secretary and former leader of the party.

Cameron had been expected to promote a large number of women into his government after criticism that women were under-represented. He has placed a number of women into key roles but most notably he has removed most of the Ministers who were to the left of the party. The new Ministers will not be overworked with a general election less than a year away and very little legislation going through the House of Commons.

The senior ministerial roles notified so far as published on the Prime Minister’s website are as follows:

William Hague First Secretary of State, and Leader of the Commons
Philip Hammond Foreign Secretary
Michael Gove Commons Chief Whip
Nicky Morgan Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities
Liz Truss Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Michael Fallon Secretary of State for Defence
Esther McVey Cabinet attendee in role as Minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions
Greg Clark Minister for Universities and Science in addition to his current role as Minister of State
Stephen Crabb Secretary of State for Wales
Baroness Stowell Leader of the House of Lords and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Jeremy Wright Attorney General
Matthew Hancock Minister of State at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Minister of State at
Department of Energy and Climate Change and Minister of State for Portsmouth
Mike Penning Minister of State at Home Office and Minister of State at Ministry of Justice
Nick Boles Minister of State Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and
Department for Education
Mark Harper Minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions
David Gauke Financial Secretary to the Treasury
John Hayes Minister of State at the Department for Transport
Anna Soubry Minister of State at Ministry of Defence
Oliver Letwin Minister for Government Policy at Cabinet Office and Lord Privy Seal
Nick Gibb Minister of State at the Department for Education
Robert Buckland Solicitor General
Desmond Swayne Minister of State at the Department for International Development
Ed Vaizey Minister of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department
for Business, Innovation and Skills, with responsibility for digital industries
Brooks Newmark Parliamentary Secretary at Cabinet Office
Brandon Lewis Minister of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government

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