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As it happened: cabinet reshuffle


Prime minister David Cameron is expected to announce further details of his new cabinet this morning. Please refresh for updates.


5.25pm Alistair Burt has been named as the new care minister at the Department of Health, the post held before the general election by Lib Dem Norman Lamb. His previous posts include deputy chair of the Conservative Party, and he was a junior minister at the foreign and commonwealth office from 2010-13. Since 2013 he has not been in government. He has been MP for North East Bedfordshire since 2001 and prior to that he was MP for Bury North between 1983 and 1997. He was also a minister during the 1990s at the Department of Social Security.

5.22pm Nick Boles remains skills minister at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. A former Westminster LBC councillor, Mr Boles also founded the Policy Exchange think tank.

5.19pm Edward Timpson will continue in his role as children and families minister at the Department for Education. A family law barrister before he was elected to parliament in a 2008 by-election, his responsibilities include child protection, adoption and school sports.

5.02pm Mr Francois’ appointment appears to be a straight swap with Penny Morduant, who joined the DCLG as a junior minister last July. She has been appointed as armed forces minister, the first woman to hold this role.

4.58pm The Local Government Information Unit thikn tank has welcomed the appointment of Greg Clark as communities secretary. Chief executive Jonathan Carr-West said: “Eric Pickles was passionate about local government and cared about its potential to do good in the world. At LGiU, we would like to thank him for his continued support and service.

“We look forward to working with Greg Clark in his new role as Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Greg is an excellent choice for the role. His appointment should allow for the integration of Treasury-led devolution with rest of the CLG agenda and also give the Department more impetus.”

4.52pm Junior minsterial appointments now being announced. Mark Francois, MP for Rayleigh and Wickford in Essex will become junior minister at the DCLG. His brief has not been anounced yet. Mr Francois, a former councillor on Basildon BC, has a background in the armed forces and was previously a minister at the ministry of defence.

3.04pm Eric Pickles tweets: “I could not wish for a better successor than@gregclarkmp He will do a fantastic jog [sic]. More announcements later in the week of my new role.” We assume he meant ‘job’ and not ‘jog’.

3.00pm David Cameron tweets: “Oliver Letwin has been appointed as a full member of cabinet in ‘overall charge of the cabinet office’.” It has also been confirmed that Teresa Villiers will remain as Northern Ireland secretary and Stephen Crabb as Welsh secretary.

2.57pm LGC’s analysis of what Mr Clark’s appointment means for local government is now online.

2.55pm Director of CBI John Cridland tells BBC governmentneeds to think about merging health and social care to reduce costs and invest in infrastructure.

2.54pm It has now been confirmed Jeremy Hunt will continue as health secretary.

2.35pm Sky News political editor Faisal Islam tweets: “Thumbs up from @gregclarkmp when I asked him if he was in the mood for a bit more devolution. I think he meant to english cities…”

2.31pm BBC’s Norman Smith reports that Eric Pickles appears to be the “only Conservative casualty” of the reshuffle with other promotions coming from posts vacated by the Liberal Demcrats.

2.30pm The Telegraph’s Peter Dominiczak reports: “The Prime Minister has paid tribute to Eric Pickles who is leaving the Government. He will become Anti-Corruption Tsar, lead for the PM on his Open Government initiative and join the Holocaust Commission. There will be an exchange of letters shortly.”

2.25pm Commenting on Greg Clark’s appointment, Times’ political editor Tim Shipman tweets: “Greg Clark gets DCLG. A right-wing cabinet minister told me last week: “He’s a soggy lefty but I’d give him that job in a heartbeat”.”

2.18pm Greg Clark is the new secretary of state for communities and local government. Mr Clark was cities minister in the department for business under the last government.

2.15pm Current international development secretary Justine Greening is in number 10 now.

2.04pm Liz Truss will remain as the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Anna Soubry has been appointed minister of state for small business, a new post that will attend cabinet.

2.01pm Full results from the Bedfordshire council tax referendum now in.

Luton BC, which has been responsible for the county today, tweets: “Do you want the Beds PCC to increase the amount it charges by 15.8%? Yes 91,086; No 207,551.”

1.58pm LGC’s sister title HSJ is reporting that Jeremy Hunt will remain as health secretary.

1.56pm Patrick McLoughlin will remain as transport secretary it has been announced. Just health, DCLG, DEFRA and the devolved nations to go.

1.54pm Anna Soubryhas also just arrived at Downing Street.

1.48pm Liz Truss going into Number 10 now.

1.36pm News just in from Bedford BC: the public have voted against a 16% increase in the police and crime commissioners’ portion of council tax following the first ever council tax referendum.

1.28pm ITV News is also reporting that Eric Pickles will “leave his position as communities secretary” and will not be given another cabinet role.

1.23pm Former care minister Norman Lamb will run for leadership of the Liberal Democrats. He confirmed his plans to stand in an interview with ITV Anglia this lunchtime.

1.18pm Speculation that Liz Truss, who was environment minister in the last government, could be the new health secretary. Current health secretary Jeremy Hunt has yet to be given a job, despite being widely regarded as having performed well in the brief,

Nick Golding tweets: “If Liz Truss is going to health, then only job big enough for Hunt is ‘sorting out constitution’. Taking over Sco, Wales, NI + DCLG?”

12.59pm More speculation on twitter that the delay in announcing both healthand local government secretaries indicates a reorganisation of government departments. Rebecca Smith, ex medical editor at the Daily Telegraph tweets: “Delay naming last two SoS posts probably due to merger of@DHgovuk and @CommunitiesUK Are Hunt and Pickles fighting over purse strings?”

LGC editor Nick Goldng disagrees though. He tweets: “DCLG and health would be an absolutely massive portfolio. Cancer + bins in one dept?”

12.33pm Labour has appointed its shadow cabinet, despite the fact the government hasn’t finished appointing the actual cabinet. Emma Reynolds, who was shadow housing minster in the last parliament, has been appointed shadow communities secretary while Hilary Benn has been moved to  shadow foreign secretary.

11.37am There is uncertainty as to whether the Conservatives have regained control of the Local Government Association. With a handful of councils still to declare their results, the Tories have so far gained more than 450 seats and control of 27 more local authorities compared with the same point in the election cycle four years ago. Labour, conversely, have lost 250 seats and control of six councils. After last May’s elections Labour was the largest party by just 2.3% when weighted to take account of regional differences in the number of councillors.

Chair David Sparks (Lab) told LGC he did not know whether that meant Labour had lost control of the LGA. “We have to check the results using a complex formula and that’s what is happening now,” he said. The Conservative group office at the LGA also said they were “still working through the numbers”.

11.18am LGC editor Nick Golding is speculating on why the new communities secretary has not been announced yet, could it be a sign of a reorgaisation of gvernment departments?

He says: “No announcements yet about SSs for DCLG, DEFRA, transport or devolved admins. Cam could recreate old Dept for Enviro with loc gov… or recreate old Prescott dept with loc gov and transport, or merge @CommunitiesUK with Scot, Wa + NI offices. (Or leave depts unscathed).”

10.59am Writing on LGC today, chief executive of the RSA Matthew Taylor sets out what the Conservative victory will mean for local government.

10.48am Prime minister heads off to see 1922 committee of back bench MPs and will appoint new ministers at lunchtime.

10.29am John Whittingdale has been appointed Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. Robert Halfon is deputy chairman of the Conservative Party.

10.20am London mayor Boris Johnson, who was elected as MP for Uxbridge, will attend cabinet but does not have a ministerial portfolio. David Cameron tweets:

“Boris Johnson will be attending my Political Cabinet. As promised, he will devote his attention to his final year as Mayor of London.”

10.19am Amber Rudd is to be Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.

10.13am Priti Patel was being tipped to become the new communities secretary but she has emerged from Number 10 as employment minister.

10.07am Priti Patel going into Number 10 now. Sajid Javid confirmed at business secretary.

9.55am There is speculation this morning that Cameron will promote a number of women to cabinet positions, including Liz Truss, Anna Soubry and Priti Patel. Sky News have linked Ms Patel, MP for Witham and former Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury with the top job at the Department for Communities and Local Government.

9.44am Continuity was the name of the game for the senior cabinet appointments announced over the weekend. George Osborne will continue as chancellor, Theresa May as home secretary, Phillip Hammond as foreign secretary and Michael Fallon as defence secretary. Mr Osborne has also been made first minister of state, making him the most senior member of the cabinet.

Ian Duncan-Smith will continue at the Department for Work and Pensions, Nicky Morgan as education secretary. The only new appointments announced so far are Michael Gove as justice secretary, replacing Chris Grayling who will become leader of the Commons. Mr Gove wil be replaced as chief whip by Mark Harper.


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