Shapps to FCO

shapps

The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of the Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP as a Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. This is in addition to his current role as a Minister of State at the Department for International Development.

Developing…

UPDATE:

Complete Government PPS List

Including junior PPS positions finalised over the weekend…

Cabinet:

The Prime Minister: GAVIN WILLIAMSON
Chancellor of the Exchequer – George Osborne – CHRIS SKIDMORE
Home Secretary – Theresa May – MICHAEL ELLIS
Foreign Secretary – Philip Hammond – CHRIS PINCHER
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice – Michael Gove – ROBERT JENRICK
Secretary of State for Defence – Michael Fallon – GRAHAM EVANS
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions – Iain Duncan Smith – DAVID RUTLEY
Secretary of State for Health – Jeremy Hunt – STEVE BRINE
Leader of the Commons  – Chris Grayling – MIKE FREER
SoS for International Development – Justine Greening – ANDREW BINGHAM
Secretary of State for Education – Nicky Morgan – ROBIN WALKER
Leader of the House of Lords  – Baroness Stowell – KWASI KWARTENG
Secretary of State for Transport – Patrick McLoughlin – STUART ANDREW
Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills – Sajid Javid – JOHN GLEN
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland – Theresa Villiers – REBECCA HARRIS
Secretary of State for DEFRA – Liz Truss – MARK SPENCER
Secretary of State for DCLG– Greg Clark – HENRY SMITH
Secretary of State for Wales – Stephen Crabb – DAVID MORRIS
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster – Oliver Letwin – ALOK SHARMA
Secretary of State for DCMS – John Whittingdale – HEATHER WHEELER
Secretary of State for Scotland – David Mundell – IAIN STEWART
Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change – Amber Rudd – PAUL MAYNARD

Ministers attending Cabinet:

Chief Secretary to the Treasury – Greg Hands – JAKE BERRY
DWP: Minister of State – Priti Patel – ALEC SHELBROOKE
BIS: Minister of State – Anna Soubry – MARK PAWSEY
CO: Minister of State and Paymaster General – Matthew Hancock – GARETH JOHNSON
Minister without Portfolio – Robert Halfon – ANDREW STEPHENSON
Attorney General – Jeremy Wright – REHMAN CHISHTI

Ministers of State:

Financial Secretary to the Treasury – David Gauke – CONOR BURNS
Home Office: Minister of State – James Brokenshire – CRAIG WHITTAKER
Home Office/MOJ: Ministers of State – John Hayes and Mike Penning – CHRIS WHITE
FCO: Minister of State – David Lidington – JAMES MORRIS
FCO: Minister of State – Hugo Swire – PAULINE LATHAM
MOD: Ministers of State – Philip Dunne and Penny Mordaunt – OLIVER COLVILE
Health: Minister of State – Alistair Burt – KAREN LUMLEY
DfID: Ministers of State – Desmond Swayne and Grant Shapps – CHARLOTTE LESLIE
DfE: Ministers of State – Nick Gibb and Edward Timpson – STEPHEN METCALFE
BIS: Ministers of State – Nick Boles and Jo Johnson – ANNE MARIE MORRIS
BIS/DCMS & DECC: Ed Vaizey and Andrea Leadsom – SHERYLL MURRAY
DEFRA: Minister of State – George Eustice – MATTHEW OFFORD
DCLG: Ministers of State – Mark Francois and Brandon Lewis – ANDREW GRIFFITHS

CONSERVATIVE PARTY APPOINTMENT

Parliamentary Adviser to the Party Chairman – Lord Feldman – CHLOE SMITH

Lib Dem Mini-Reshuffle in Full

  • Norman Baker – OUT of Home Office
  • Mark Hunter – OUT as whip
  • Jenny Willott – OUT as whip
  • Lynne Featherstone is Minister of State for Crime Prevention at the Home Office.
  • Baroness Northover is Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at DfID.
  • Lorely Burt is Assistant Government Whip.
  • Tom Brake is Assistant Government Whip, as well as Deputy Leader of the House of Commons.
  • Lady Garden is Government Whip.

Featherstone’s first comment in her new job: “I have always had a very constructive relationship with Theresa May…”

Green Won’t Go Yellow
Sacked Tory Minister Asked to Defect to LibDems

Sacked Damian Green is already busy troublemaking, he was spotted plotting with David Davis in Portcullis House just hours after losing his job and has today criticised the government on grammar schools. Disgruntled he may be, but it was brazen of Ming Campbell to not bother to wait even a day before trying to get him to defect to the LibDems. “I would never leave the party,” Green told Guido while drowning his sorrows, going on to confess “I’m sh*t-faced”. Refreshing honesty from a politician…

MUSICAL SPECIAL: Claire Perry Does the Locomotion

New rail minister Claire Perry showed she is well on top of her new brief as she left Downing Street this afternoon, sharing her good news with assembled news crews in style. As ever, Guido put it to music:

Come on, baby, do the locomotion!

WATCH: Adam Boulton Swallows a Fly on Live TV

The funniest thing that happened during the reshuffle:

Handled with consummate professionalism, as ever…

The New Cabinet in Full

The Cabinet

David Cameron – Prime Minister

Nick Clegg – Deputy Prime Minister

William Hague – First Secretary of State, Leader of the House of Commons

George Osborne – Chancellor of the Exchequer

Danny Alexander – Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Theresa May – Secretary of State for the Home Department

Michael Fallon – Secretary of State for Defence

Vince Cable – Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

Iain Duncan Smith – Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Chris Grayling – Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

Nicky Morgan – Secretary of State for Education, Women & Equalities Min.

Eric Pickles – Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

Jeremy Hunt – Secretary of State for Health

Elizabeth Truss – Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Justine Greening – Secretary of State for International Development

Alistair Carmichael – Secretary of State for Scotland

Edward Davey – Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Patrick McLoughlin – Secretary of State for Transport

Sajid Javid – Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

Theresa Villiers – Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

Stephen Crabb – Secretary of State for Wales

Philip Hammond – Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Also attending Cabinet

Michael Gove – Chief Whip and Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury

Francis Maude – Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General

Matt Hancock – Minister of State for BIS, DECC and Portsmouth

Esther McVey – Minister of State for Employment

Oliver Letwin – Minister for Government Policy, Lord Privy Seal

David Laws – Minister of State for Cabinet Office, Schools

Grant Shapps – Minister Without Portfolio

Baroness Warsi – Senior Minister of State, Faith and Communities

Greg Clark – Minister of State for Universities and Science

Jeremy Wright – Attorney General

Baroness Stowell – Leader of the House of Lords

THE RESHUFFLE: All the Sackings as They Happen

22.52: You read it all here first:

A Downing Street spokesperson said:

The Prime Minister has accepted the resignations of the following Ministers:

– The Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC MP (Minister without Portfolio)
– The Rt Hon David Willetts MP (Minister of State, BIS)
– The Rt Hon Alan Duncan MP (Minister of State, DFID)
– The Rt Hon Hugh Robertson MP (Minister of State, FCO)
– The Rt Hon Sir George Young Bt MP, (Chief Whip and Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury)
– The Rt Hon Andrew Robathan MP (Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office)
– The Rt Hon Gregory Barker MP (Minister of State, DECC)

10.15pm: Phillip Hammond will take over at FCO. Eurosceptic.

10:00pm: William Hague out as Foreign Secretary, he becomes Leader of the House and will stand down from parliament at the election.

10:00pm: Andrew Lansley sacked.

9:58pm: Stephen Crabb is the new Welsh Secretary.

9:28pm: Owen Paterson sacked as Environment Secretary.

9:07pm: Solicitor General Oliver Heald also leaving.

9.03pm: Greg Barker out of DECC and will quit parliament next year.

8:34pm: Attorney General Dominic Grieve leaves the government.

8:16pm: Transport minister Stephen Hammond out.

8:07pm: Police minister Damian Green sacked.

7:30pm: David Willetts quits, will leave parliament next year.

7:27pm: Nick Hurd stands down as Minister for Civil Society.

7:18pm: Northern Ireland Minister Andrew Robathan quits.

7:17pm: Development Minister Alan Duncan quits “at his own request”.

5:36pm: Ken Clarke quits as Minister Without Portfolio.

5:29pm: David Jones sacked as Welsh Secretary.

Developing…

WATCH: Ken Clarke’s First Post-Reshuffle Interview

“I will confess that I spent more of last week at the Test match than I did in my office.”

Via ITV.

[…]

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Random Reshuffle Rumours Reach Railway Reportage

If this is true, someone on last night’s 16.43 Chichester to London Victoria service should really learn when to STFU:

This is why you don’t have phone conversations on trains…[…]

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Reshuffle Mystery as Stephen Twigg Cancels Speech

Insipid Shadow Education Secretary Stephen Twigg was scheduled to give speech at IPPR an hour ago, although it was mysteriously ‘postponed’ without explanation. Guido is less worried about missing out on a pearl of wisdom from the under-performing one time […]

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