Cameron reshuffles UK Cabinet - Live
Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Central Government and also in Local Government
Cameron reshuffles Cabinet - Live
After last night's 'cull of the middle aged white men', Prime Minister David Cameron is announcing his Cabinet reshuffle live on his Twitter feed this morning.
Starting just after 8.30am, here's the news so far. We'll be providing updates throughout the day.
Confirming: William Hague to become Leader of the House of Commons. He remains First Secretary of State. #Reshuffle.
Ken Clarke has been a political Titan for more than a generation. His wise and trenchant views will be missed around the Cabinet table.
Philip Hammond is the new Foreign Secretary.
Michael Gove is Commons Chief Whip. He'll have an enhanced role in campaigning and doing broadcast media interviews.
Nicky Morgan is the new Education Secretary and continues as Minister for Women and Equalities.
Liz Truss is the new Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Still no news on Communities Secretary Eric Pickles who was heavily tipped to be reshuffled. Last we heard from the big man was just after midnight when he wished his "top chum" and right wing commentator Iain Dale a happy birthday.
Meanwhile, there are rumours that Housing Minister Kris Hopkins may also be ditched but as a 'junior' role we won't find out until later today. One intriguing tweet last night added to the speculation around Hopkins. Jack Colson: "Just walked past Kris Hopkins on Millbank. Looking forlorn and talking into his phone: "oh well, that's that". #reshuffle"
Over at the Department for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith is expected to stay in his current position and see universal credit through to the next election. At least Sir Bob Kerslake won't be around to question its progress. Generation Rent campaigner Alex Hilton said of the IDS situation: "I suspect IDS was saved by absolutely no one else being prepared to have responsibility for Universal Credit on their CV."
Michael Fallon is the new Secretary of State for Defence.
Esther McVey continues as Minister for Employment and Disabilities. She will now attend Cabinet. #Reshuffle
No personal promotion then for McVey but at least she will get to sit at the Cabinet table. Wonder if the same will happen to the Housing Minister role? Wouldn't hold your breath...
Greg Clark is Minister for Science and Universities and Minister of State at the Cabinet Office. He will attend all Cabinets.
Lord Hill has been nominated for European Commissioner.
Stephen Crabb is to be the new Secretary of State for Wales.
Baroness Tina Stowell is the new Leader of the House of Lord and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. She leaves her position at DCLG.
Jeremy Wright is the new Attorney General.
Matt Hancock is the new Minister of State for Business, Enterprise and Energy. He'll attend Cabinet.
According to Matthew Holehouse, The Telegraph's political correspondent, keeping Esther McVey as minister for employment is a cunning move by Cameron.
He says: "It effectively elevates the role of Jobs Minister to Cabinet level - in an election year that George Osborne wants to fight on a platform of full employment. (Despite low pay, low productivity, a red-hot housing market, the sudden drop in unemployment is the big surprise of the recovery and Osborne wants to exploit it for all its worth.)
"For a party that has struggled to shake off blame for inter-generational unemployment on Merseyside (think Boys from the Black Stuff, etc), having a female, scouse Cabinet minister going on TV every day in the run up to the election to defend the party's stance on jobs and welfare is priceless."
What the rest of the country needs to realise, however, is that McVey is about as popular as The Sun newspaper in Liverpool.
Mark Harper is returning to Government as Minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions. You may remember that Harper stood down as immigration minister earlier this year after publicly announcing that he had discovered he had been employing an illegal immigrant as a cleaner.
Mike Penning is the new Minister of State at the Home Office and Ministry of Justice. He'll have responsibility for the police.
Nick Boles is Minister of State for the Business & Education depts. Part of his brief will be equal marriage implementation.
And there we have it. The first big news from the Department for Communities and Local Government involves now ex-Planning Minister Nick Boles, who has been rewarded for his combative but persuasive approach to implementing the National Planning Policy Framework.
David Gauke is promoted to Financial Secretary to the Treasury.
John Hayes becomes Minister of State at Transport, while continuing his role as Cabinet Office Minister.
Anna Soubry is promoted to Minister of State at the Ministry of Defence.
Oliver Letwin remains Minister for Government Policy and becomes Lord Privy Seal.
Claire Perry becomes Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport.
Priti Patel becomes Exchequer Secretary at the Treasury.
It's business as usual for Eric Pickles as Communities Secretary it would seem. He's just tweeted: "Given written statement to Parliament, outlining DCLG response to Sir Ken Knight's review on improving the #fire service."
Commenting on the departure of Nick Boles as planning minister, Simon Nunn, assistant director for external affairs at the National Housing Federation, tweeted: "Sorry to see @NickBolesMP move from planning - a passionate advocate for more #ukhousing."
We are hearing that Penny Mordaunt, star of the shocking ITV Saturday evening show Splash!, has been made a Communities Minister.
Responding to the news - yet to be formally confirmed by David Cameron - that Amber Rudd has been appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change, Paul King, chief executive of the UK Green Building council said: "This is one of the most important briefs in Government and Amber Rudd can't simply run out the clock to the Election. There are of some vitally important pieces of policy that need action in this Parliament, not least the promised mandatory energy performance standards for some of the UK's most inefficient buildings.
“Greg Barker provided unstinting support for climate and energy policy in a very difficult political and economic climate and will leave a big hole in Government. But we look forward to working with the new Parliamentary Under Secretary to transform the energy efficiency and affordability of the UK’s building stock."
Desmond Swayne becomes Minister of State at the Department for International Development.
Robert Buckland becomes Solicitor General.
Nick Gibb returns to Government as Minister of State for Schools working with Nicky Morgan.
Julian Brazier becomes Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence.
Housing blogger Jules Birch says moving Nick Boles from planning is "a promotion for him but also a big sop to Tory nimbys ahead of the election".
George Freeman becomes Minister for Life Sciences.
Andrew Murrison becomes Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Northern Ireland Office.
Eric Pickles has just confirmed what we all knew, he's staying as Communities Secretary. He tweeted: "Just spoken to the PM I am very honoured to continue as Secretary of State at DCLG". Now we just need to know about Kris Hopkins. We've noticed that Nick Boles' photo has been removed from the DCLG website, but Penny Mordaunt's has yet to take its place.
Here are the two we've been waiting for confirmation on:
Amber Rudd is appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
Penny Mordaunt is appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Ed Vaizey has been promoted to Minister of State @DCMS and @bisgovuk with responsibility for digital industries.
Brooks Newmark has been appointed as Parliamentary Secretary @cabinetofficeuk.
In an interesting turn of events, Brandon Lewis has been promoted to Minister of State at DCLG, presumably with responsibility for planning. We will confirm that shortly.
Penny Mordaunt's picture and biography have just been added to the DCLG website: https://www.gov.uk/government/people/penny-mordaunt We are now awaiting confirmation of how the new Communities team will shape up.
The DCLG website updates Brandon Lewis's biography and gives him the title 'Minister of State for Housing and Planning', casting some doubt over the future role of Kris Hopkins. More details can be found here: http://www.24dash.com/news/housing/2014-07-15-Brandon-Lewis-promoted-to-housing-and-planning-minister
Alun Cairns is appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Wales Office and Government Whip.
Mel Stride, Therese Coffey, Ben Wallace and Damian Hinds are appointed as Assistant Government Whips.