Tuesday, October 8, 2013

CONFIRMED: Diane Abbott Sacked

Monday, October 7, 2013

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 the right-wingers from his Shadow Cabinet.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

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. Despite McLoughlin having ruled it out. The Secretary of State wasn’t the only one to vent his anger, Guido is told the PM got involved in the slap down. Going to be an awkward few days…

Friday, July 19, 2013

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 so that DCMS civil servants have nicknamed her Nicola Murray after the bungling minister from the Thick of It. Unfortunately for everyone who has to work with her, she will no doubt survive the reshuffle when it eventually happens. After all, as Malcolm Tucker put it to Nicola:

“Look, don’t worry. The PM is not going to sack you after a week. Sacked after twelve months, looks like you’ve f***ed up. Sacked after a week, looks like he’s f***ed up.”

Looks like Dave will have to wait to put her out of her misery.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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 over a long hot summer did seem a little odd, yet their new claim that “it was never going to happen” should be taken with a lot of salt; especially given the imminent were being openly discussed by Tory staffers as late as last night at the PM’s media drinks party. That faint sound you can hear is Claire Perry gently sobbing…

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Chillax Before Axe

With Cabinet moved to Thursday and the reshuffle expected to be complete by then, Dave was in full chillax mode last night enjoying a pint with his troops on the Commons terrace. With today being dominated by the NHS it would seem silly to distract from putting pressure on Burnham by beginning movements tonight. Most Tory sources are expecting calls to be made late Wednesday with the announcement made Thursday morning. Probably on Twitter like last time.  Not long to wait now, Claire…

Friday, July 12, 2013

Mini-Government Reshuffle Pencilled In for Next Thursday

The FT say Wednesday, Sky say otherwise , but the reshuffle speculation is reaching fever pitch before the summer break. A Downing Street source explains it well: “there are two very good rules with reshuffle speculation. 1. If you hear if from a journalist it is almost certainly b****ks. 2. If you hear from an MP it is undoubtedly b****ks, unless, in this case, that MP is called David and he lives in No.10.”  Bloggers, on the other hand…

Guido hears that, provided that the plan does not change, Claire Perry has less than a week to clear her desk – the mini-reshuffle is ‘pencilled in’ to the grid for Thursday 18 July. It may have been pencilled in, but with the hype growing it could well be brought forward.

You can read all of Guido’s speculation about the minor-movements from over the last few weeks here. There are no big changes expected, but plenty of deckchairs rearranged and deadwood shifted from the lower rungs of government. The ladies will do particularly well. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

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…

Monday, June 10, 2013

Downing Street Deserters Update

With the mini-reshuffle on the cards for early next month keeping everyone well behaved, the joke doing the rounds of Tory MPs is that Claire Perry “is so far up the PM’s a**e she can almost see Matt Hancock’s shoes.” Play nice, kids…

It’s not just ministerial movements in the offing. As Guido revealed in yesterday’s Sun column, the PM’s press secretary Susie Squire is weighing up leaving Downing Street even if Gabby Bertin, for whom she is covering, does not return from maternity leave. It would be the perfect opportunity to bring in someone with some print experience who can command some respect amongst hacks, leaving Craig Oliver to do what he likes doing – dealing with the TV news. They couldn’t afford Guido, obviously…


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