Jeremy Hunt wins a surprise promotion in the Prime Minister's first major reshuffle. He becomes Health Secretary, replacing Andrew Lansley, the new Leader of the House.
• Patrick McLoughlin named Transport Secretary, replacing Justine Greening • Ken Clarke demoted from Justice Secretary to minister without portfolio • Chris Grayling appointed Justice Secretary, replacing Ken Clarke • Baroness Warsi removed from her role as Conservative co-chairman
by Andy Jackson, PA9/4/2012 7:48:48 AM
3rd & 7 37yd
3rd & 7 37yd
Is Hunt really going to Health? He lied to parliament. Doing Murdoch bidding clearly pays.
The new Cabinet will gather for its first meeting at 10 Downing Street tomorrow afternoon, following Prime Minister's Questions.
by Andy Jackson, PA9/4/2012 3:57:54 PM
CONFIRMED Former Conservative Party co-chairman Michael Fallon has been appointed minister of state in Vince Cable's Business Department, where Downing Street says he will act as “a voice for business”
by Ray Chudley, Press Association9/4/2012 4:06:46 PM
RETURN Liberal Democrat David Laws, who becomes education minister more than two years after he resigned over an expenses scandal, will hold a minister of state position jointly in the Department for Education and the Cabinet Office (PA)
by Ray Chudley, Press Association9/4/2012 4:24:26 PM
WARSI Lady Warsi has been made “senior minister of state”, a title which is not thought to have previously featured in the ministerial hierarchy
by Ray Chudley, Press Association9/4/2012 4:26:06 PM
David Cameron’s spokesman declined to say whether the title was proposed by the Prime Minister or requested by the outgoing Tory co-chair
by Ray Chudley, Press Association9/4/2012 4:27:06 PM
And it remains unclear whether it made her senior to other ministers of state, such as Ken Clarke, who will also attend Cabinet
by Ray Chudley, Press Association9/4/2012 4:28:30 PM
HEALTH SECRETARY Jeremy Hunt leaves 10 Downing Street after being named Health Secretary, despite controversy over his handling of the BSkyB takeover bid in his previous role as Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (PA)
by Ray Chudley, Press Association9/4/2012 4:42:26 PM
CLARKE Downing Street confirmed that Ken Clarke will be a minister of state without portfolio in the Cabinet Office - and will continue to attend Cabinet meetings despite losing his full membership of the Cabinet
by Ray Chudley, Press Association9/4/2012 4:50:06 PM
Mr Clarke will also sit on a number of Cabinet committees, including the influential Economic Affairs Committee and the National Security Council
by Ray Chudley, Press Association9/4/2012 4:51:18 PM
“He is obviously able in that role to bring to bear his experience as a minister in a number of significant roles over the years,” said David Cameron's official spokesman.
by Ray Chudley, Press Association9/4/2012 4:52:38 PM
Asked for precise details of Mr Clarke’s work, the PM’s spokesman said: “He will be able to bring his experience to bear on a wide range of Government policies. His role is to be there in the Cabinet Office and bring his experience to bear on a range of issues.”
by Ray Chudley, Press Association9/4/2012 4:54:18 PM
POLL Thanks for joining us for coverage of today’s Cabinet reshuffle and a special thanks to the thousands of readers who voted Before we sign off, the result of today’s poll We asked: Which word best describes today’s reshuffle? You answered: 3% Inspired 7% Bold 8% Tame 9% Humdrum 13% Weak 61% Laughable
by Ray Chudley, Press Association9/4/2012 5:15:15 PM