Reshuffle Runners and Riders

Given that exactly half of the women in cabinet are called Theresa (2 out of 4) it is going to be tough for the PM to sack a woman at the coming reshuffle this month. Equalities Minister Helen Grant and Maria Miller, the Culture Secretary, have been particularly useless, but the Cameron project is on thin ice here.

Former TV presenter Esther McVey is expected to be plucked from the Department for Work and Pensions, especially after that unexpected primetime Today programme performance yesterday. Amber Rudd, currently on the lowest rung of the ladder as George Osborne’s parliamentary PPS, is heavily tipped to become an undersecretary of state… somewhere.

As Guido has been reporting in the Sun over recent weeks, reshuffle speculation is reaching fever-pitch. Loyal backbenchers and excitable junior ministers are all ears. Guido hears that Man of Kent Charlie Elphicke is particularly confident of his chances of promotion. As is Transport Junior Minister Stephen Hammond, who has been prying any snippets of speculation he can out of his bored colleagues.

Keen greasy pole climber Claire Perry is “clearing her desk as we speak and preparing her staff for high office” according to one dry Tory MP. Watch out for Liz Truss, as well. Nobody disputes the ladies will do well…



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GuidoFawkes Quote of the Day

Labour’s Austin Mitchell muses on the campaign:

“What’s the problem? No use pointing at the leader. Too late to change and unnecessary for Miliband is doing well at Question Time. His problem is connecting with the real world. He doesn`t speak people and his protective team of naive kids are playing West Wing rather than letting the leader relate to real people. We could point at the party, shrunk in numbers and enthusiasm because everything, from policy formulation to candidate selection, comes top down rather than bubbling up from below so campaigning becomes the opium of members deprived of any real role, though they`re not even sure what they’re campaigning about, with or for, but its role is marginal.”

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