Get Warsi Briefing Begins, Again

As ever, one big reshuffle headache is what to do about Warsi. The ‘Senior’ Minister of State at Communities and the Foreign Office is unlikely to go quietly, though that has not stopped others in government attempting to brief her out of the door. In fact, they appear to have formed an orderly queue over at Coffee House:

“Baroness Warsi is alleged by multiple sources in and out of government to have consistently resisted calls to develop a proper strategy on integration and tackling extremism at its roots, even though this is the Prime Minister’s policy…

One source says: ‘Sayeeda made clear when she got the job at CLG that she didn’t agree with the Prime Minister and that she simply wasn’t going to do this bit of her job.’”

While she’s clearly a drag, is it really worth the risk for No 10 of the famously tempestuous, former loyalist, going totally tonto pre-2015? Warsi’s well maintained diaries remain a source of concern in Tory circles… 

Reshuffle Rumour Round Up
Diaries Cleared for a Week Today

The reshuffle speculation level has been raised from ‘fevered’ to ‘panicked’. Guido hears that Downing Street have instructed departments not to schedule anything for a week today. This, however, could be anything from an elaborate bluff, to an unintentional display of competence. The latest chatter still says it’s going to be ladies night and whilst plenty of women MPs are expected to rise up the ranks, vivacious and pushy Esther McVey – tipped for the cabinet by many – is in fact still in the PM’s doghouse after her spectacularly unhelpful comments during the Maria Miller scandal. Penny Mordaunt, who has impressed recently, is tipped to replace Andrew Murrison at Defence. 

Whilst previously Cameron has preferred tinkering reshuffles, there are some whispers of a big upheaval that could even see a job swap between Iain Duncan-Smith at Defence and Phil Hammond at Work and Pensions. Hammond is not hugely popular with the top brass, and could deploy his famed safe pair of hands at DWP, while IDS, a former military man, would be unlikely to accept any other job. Speculation about the future of Grant Shapps at CCHQ has all but died out, while Ken Clarke seems resigned to his fate. This is all rumour mill though…

Any government reshuffle will indicate that the new EU commissioner has been decided, which would point to a delay. Andrew Lansley is said to be out, Willetts has let it be known he speaks French and German, while others say Michael Howard is still worth an outside bet. Lord Howard has certainly not ruled himself out of one last big job, and the PM owes him one after Dave’s then boss delayed the 2005 leadership election to let his favoured successor get their campaign in gear. It would also avoid a messy by-election.

Some in No. 10 are anticipating that in all likelihood No. 10’s first option for Commissioner will be ‘Junck-ed’ in petty retaliation. While in the past, Downing Street have allowed reshuffle rumours to last for months, cunningly keeping everyone on best behaviour, they’re running out of time to bed in new ministers in well before the election. It’s hardly like they’re going to be legislating much, mind.

UPDATE:

 

New Number 10 Policy Board Job Allocation

Jobs for the new faces on the Number 10 policy board announced this afternoon:

  • Alun Cairns – environment, energy and local government
  • Andrea Leadsom – part of the public services brief
  • Nadhim Zahawi – economic affairs
  • Priti Patel – home affairs and constitution
  • Chris Skidmore – public services

Softening the blow of being overlooked in the reshuffle.

Via @monitoringuk

PPS Reshuffle: Full List

The reshuffle is finally complete. Here are the changes to government PPS:

David Cameron, Prime Minister: Gavin Williamson
Dominic Grieve, Attorney General: Jessica Lee
David Willetts, Minister of State for Universities: Paul Uppal
Michael Fallon, Minister of State for Energy: Therese Coffey
Lord Green, Minister of State for Trade and Investment: Margot James
Matthew Hancock, Minister of State for Skills : Nicola Blackwood
Grant Shapps, Conservative Party Chairman: Jake Berry
Oliver Letwin, Minister of State for Government Policy: Paul Maynard
Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office: Stuart Andrew
John Hayes, Minister without Portfolio: Mel Stride
Greg Clark, Minister of State for Cities and the Constitution: David Mowat
Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities a: John Glen/Mike Freer
Baroness Warsi, Senior Minister of State for Faith: Eric Ollerenshaw
Maria Miller, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport: Mary Macleod
Philip Hammond, Secretary of State for Defence: Penny Mordaunt
Mark Francois, Minister of State for the Armed Forces: Damian Hinds
Owen Paterson, Secretary of State for the  Environment: David Burrowes
Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education: Ben Gummer
Greg Barker, Minister of State for Climate Change: Laura Sandys
William Hague, Secretary of State for ForeignOffice: Keith Simpson
David Lidington, Minister of State for Europe: Charlie Elphicke
Hugo Swire, Minister of State at the Foreign Office: Richard Graham
Hugh Robertson, Minister of State at the Foreign Office: Simon Kirby
Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health: Tobias Ellwood/Andrew Jones
Theresa May, Home Secretary: George Hollingbery
Damian Green, Minister of State for Policing: David Rutley
Mark Harper, Minister of State for Immigration: Guy Opperman
Justine Greening, Secretary of State for International Dev: Julian Smith
Alan Duncan, Minister of State for International Dev: Mark Menzies
Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Justice: Lee Scott
Andrew Lansley, Leader of the House of Commons: John Howell
Lord Hill of Oareford, Leader of the House of Lords: Nigel Adams
Theresa Villiers, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland: Damian Collins
Andrew Robathan, Minister of State for Northern Ireland: Robin Walker
Patrick McLoughlin, Transport: Iain Stewart/Julian Sturdy
George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer: Rob Wilson
Sajid Javid, Financial Secretary to the Treasury: Marcus Jones
IDS, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions: Andrew Selous
Mike Penning, Minister of State for Disabled People: Steve Brine
Esther McVey, Minister of State for Employment: Harriet Baldwin
David Jones, Secretary of State for Wales: Daniel Kawczynski
Ken Clarke, Minister without Portfolio: Ben Wallace

Alun Cairns, Andrea Leadsom, Priti Patel, Chris Skidmore and Nadhim Zahawi have all joined the Number 10 Policy Board.

Via ConHome

Old Banger’s Double Reshuffle Blow

Spare a thought for Greg Knight the former chair of the Procedure Committee who was lured away from the safe £80,000 job, perhaps by the £92,000 salary, to be No. 3 in the Tory Whips’ office. Now he’s a sacked whip. Reshuffled into the deck on a back bench salary (£66,000). But he has his network to fall back on. In 2007, Knight was named as one of the 50 most influential people worldwide in the Historic Vehicle Movement. Broom broom.

Reshuffle Day 2 Rolling Live Blog

  • Brownite bootboy Ian Austin stands down from front bench.
  • Luciana Berger replacing Diane Abbott as shadow public health minister.
  • Stella Creasy joins Chuka at shadow BIS. Gareth Thomas new shadow Europe minister. Rushanara Ali to shadow Education.
  • Alison McGovern and Gavin Shuker off to shadow DfiD with Jim Murphy.
  • Rob Wilson appointed Osborne’s PPS, leaving his old job as PPS to Jeremy Hunt.
  • Gavin Williamson is the PM’s new PPS, replacing Sam Gymiah who is off to the whips office. 
  • Shabana Mahmood is off to the shadow Treasury team. Jack Dromey becomes the Shadow Police Minister.
  • Wayne David PPS to Miliband.

Rolling…

CONFIRMED: Diane Abbott Sacked

Miliband has fired Diane Abbott from her job as shadow public heath minister, the Guardian reports. Labour’s press team aren’t commenting. More time to spend on her London mayor campaign…

Reshuffle Rolling Live Blog

  • Kris Hopkins appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary at DCLG. Amber Rudd, Claire Perry, Gavin Barwell and John Penrose made assistant whips. Desmond Swayne has been appointed as Vice Chamberlain of HM Household (Senior Whip).
  • Baroness Jolly has been appointed as a Whip in the Lords.
  • Liam Byrne demoted to Shadow Higher Education Minister, replaced by Rachel Reeves. She is replaced as Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury by Chris Leslie.
  • Vernon Coaker replaces Jim Murphy as Shadow Defence Secretary.
  • Tristram Hunt new Shadow Education Secretary, replacing Stephen Twigg, who is demoted to Shadow Minister of State at Justice.
  • Douglas Alexander chair of election strategy, stays at shadow FCO.
  • Former Gordon aide Spencer Livermore returns as campaign director.
  • Maria Eagle to DEFRA, Mary Creagh to Transport, Ivan Lewis to Northern Ireland. Gloria de Piero promoted to Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities. Liz Kendall attending Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Minister for Care and Older People. Jack Dromey is sacked, Emma Reynolds attends Cabinet as Shadow Housing Minister.
  • Wayne David PPS to Miliband.
  • Nothing for Stella Creasy.
  • Anna Soubry appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary at MOD, Jane Ellison appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary at Department of Health.
  • Dan Rogerson appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary at Defra, Stephen Williams Parliamentary Under Secretary at DCLG.
  • Champers all round: Andy Burnham stays at Shadow Health.
  • Baroness Stowell appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary at DCLG.
  • Michael Dugher promoted to shadow Cabinet Office minister, replacing Jon Trickett.
  • Robert Goodwill has been appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary at Transport.
  • George Eustice to DEFRA.
  • Alistair Burt out at FCO.
  • Shailesh Vara appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary at MoJ.
  • Karren Bradley and Sam Gyimah to the Whips’ Office.
  • Rumours: Liam Byrne fired from Shadow Work and Pensions, Stephen Twigg sacked from Shadow Education, Jim Murphy to International Development.
  • Hugh Robertson moves from DCMS to FCO as  Minister of State.
  • Helen Grant is Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Sport and Equalities) at DCMS.
  • Matt Hancock appointed Minister of State for Skills & Enterprise, shared by BIS and DfE.
  • Jeremy Browne has been sacked by Clegg as a Home Office minister for being “too right wing”, reports Christopher Hope. It was the Google street view that lost it. Replaced by Norman Baker, in turn replaced at Transport by Susan Kramer.
  • Andrew Robathan appointed as Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office.
  • Mark Prisk fired as Housing minister.
  • Nicky Morgan appointed Economic Secretary to the Treasury.
  • Sajid Javid appointed Financial Secretary to the Treasury.
  • Mike Penning made Minister of State at DWP. Guido hears he left the Northern Ireland Office for DWP with a box of Christmas decorations.
  • Greg Clark leaves the Treasury for the Cabinet Office, becomes Minister of State for Cities and constitution.
  • Esther McVey promoted at DWP, replacing comprehensive educated northerner Mark Hoban as Minister of State for Employment.
  • Greg Hands promoted to deputy chief whip.
  • Richard Benyon out – DEFRA, Chloe Smith out – Cabinet Office, John Randall out – whips
  • The new LibDem chief whip is DCLG under-secretary of state Don Foster, who once sulked in his office for a week when passed over for promotion.
  • Michael Moore has been sacked as Scottish Secretary, replaced by LibDem chief whip Alistair Carmichael. Presumably for services to that wonderful job he did ignoring allegations about David Ward.

Rolling…

Red Ed’s Reshuffle Progress Purge

Labour’s left-wards lurch continues. These moves are widely expected as of 15:00:

  • Jim Murphy – Blairite – DEMOTED
  • Stephen Twigg – Blarite – SACKED
  • Liam Byrne – Blairite – SACKED

Len is getting his wish. Red Ed is purging […]

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How Not to Prepare For the Reshuffle

One Tory who will be nervously awaiting news of the junior ministerial reshuffle is Stephen Hammond. The Transport under-secretary received both barrels from his boss Patrick McLoughlin after telling a fringe event the government is still considering 80mph speed limits. […]

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Maria “Nicola Murray” Miller

In boycotting the Open Golf Championship because it doesn’t allow women members, and then putting political pressure on the BBC to demand they take action against John “no looker” Inverdale, struggling Maria Miller has excelled herself this week. So much […]

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Dave Ducks Pre-Summer Deckchair Reorganisation

Despite it being widely reported last week and over the weekend, Downing Street sources now say there will not be a reshuffle before the summer break. The idea of creating a new batch of disgruntled ex-ministers and letting them stew […]

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