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Post-reshuffle Government looks more like the country it serves, says PM

13 January 2018, 04:33 | Lena Norman

Post-reshuffle Government looks more like the country it serves, says PM

Theresa May's chaotic Cabinet reshuffle: Brandon Lewis appointed Conservative Party chairman - latest news

Theresa May cleared out nearly all long-standing government figures who had served from 2010 in the second day of her reshuffle.

No new first minister was hired after Damian Green resigned over misleading comments he made about the discovery of porn on his Commons computer in 2008.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has been tipped as a possible replacement.

As a result, the planned move for Greg Clark did not go through, and he instead remained at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

And culture secretary Karen Bradley took on Brokenshire's Northern Ireland position, with digital minister Matt Hancock moving up to head DCMS.

May appointed Justice Secretary David Lidington to replace Green as Cabinet Office Minister, though he has not taken on his porn scandal predecessor's role as de facto deputy prime minister.

Greening was sacked after she refused to move from Education to Work and Pensions, where she would have become the face of the Conservatives' welfare reforms.

Theresa May's Cabinet reshuffle has left her with a higher proportion of Oxbridge and privately educated top ministers than when she first became prime minister, analysis shows.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, Brexit Secretary David Davis, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Amber Rudd all stayed put - preserving a delicate balance of pro- and anti-EU voices that May navigates.

Brandon Lewis was made the new Conservative Party chairman replacing Sir Patrick McLoughlin
Brandon Lewis was made the new Conservative Party chairman replacing Sir Patrick McLoughlin

McLoughlin had been widely blamed for last year's disastrous election campaign, and for the security lapse that allowed prankster Simon Brodkin into the party conference to hand the Prime Minister a fake P45 during her speech.

Also, the Tories tweeted that the transport secretary Chris Grayling had been given the post of Conservative party chairman, replacing Sir Patrick McLoughlin.

Everybody needs to be reminded of Esther McVey vs Glenda Jackson.Esther McVey has been reappointed to the Department of Work and Pensions despite being forever associated with some of its cruellest measures against disabled people.

Jeremy Hunt is still healthcare minister - albeit with the additional responsibility of social care, after he fended off May's offer of a turbo-charged business secretary role for almost two hours.

David Gauke, the former secretary of state for work and pensions, takes over as justice secretary.

Ms May's changes on Tuesday followed the chaos of Monday, which saw some top ministers refusing to move from posts and a resignation. She, more than any other minister, has been vehemently opposed to Mrs May's divisive policy towards grammar schools.

It's a key role both for Brexit and the stability of May's minority government as it will involve delicate negotiations over the Irish border and devolved government with the Democratic Unionist Party, whose lawmakers prop up the government after May lost her majority in June's vote.

So too does leader of the house Andrea Leadsom, and recent additions Gavin Williamson (defence) and Penny Mordaunt (international development).

And a backlash grew after Lewes MP Maria Caulfield was appointed the party's vice-chair for women - despite having led opposition to the decriminalisation of abortion.

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