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. 

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…

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…

New PPS Appointments in Full

The PPS reshuffle is complete. Here is the new list of appointments in full:

  • Sam Gyimah to David Cameron
  • Duncan Hames to Nick Clegg
  • Daniel Kawczynski to David Jones at Wales
  • Damian Collins to Theresa Villiers at NI
  • Alec Shelbrooke to Mike Penning at NI
  • Harriet Baldwin to Mark Hoban at DWP
  • Lee Scott to Chris Grayling at Justice
  • Amber Rudd to George Osborne at Treasuary
  • Ben Gummer to Alan Duncan at DfID
  • David Burrowes to Owen Patterson at DEFRA
  • Paul Maynard to Oliver Letwin at Cabinet Office
  • Laura Sandys to Greg Barker at DECC
  • Gavin Williamson to Patrick McLoughlin at Transport
  • Lorley Burt to Danny Alexander at the Treasury
  • Stephen Gilbert to Ed Davey at Energy and Climate Change
  • Simon Wright to David Laws at DfE
  • Andrew Jones to Andrew Mitchell at the Whips’s Office
  • Jessica Lee to Dominic Grieve as Attorney General
  • Paul Uppal to David Willets at BIS
  • Therese Coffey to Michael Fallon at BIS
  • Jake Berry to Grant Shapps
  • Stuart Andrew to Francis Maude at Cabinet Office
  • John Glen to Eric Pickles at Communities
  • Mark Menzies to Mark Prisk at Housing
  • Eric Ollerenshaw to Sayeeda Warsi
  • Mary Macloed to Maria Miller at DCMS
  • Simon Kirby to Hugh Robertson at DCMS
  • Claire Perry to Philip Hammond at Defence
  • Kris Hopkins to Andrew Rothaban at Defence
  • Damian Hinds to Mark Francois at Defence
  • Gavin Barwell to Michael Gove at DfE
  • Mel Stride to John Hayes at Energy
  • Keith Simpson to William Hague at FCO
  • Tobias Ellwood to David Lidlington at Europe
  • Richard Graham to Hugo Swire at FCO
  • Rob Wilson to Jeremy Hunt at Health
  • George Hollingberry to Theresa May at Home Office
  • David Rutley to Damian Green at Home Office
  • Guy Opperman to Mark Harper at Home Office
  • Julian Smith to Justine Greening
  • John Howell to Andrew Lansley
  • Nigel Adams to Lord Strathclyde
  • Julian Sturdy to Simon Burns at Transport
  • David Mowat to Greg Clark at Treasury
  • Andrew Selous to Iain Duncan Smith at DWP
  • Ben Wallace to Ken Clarke

By Guido’s count that’s six rebels promoted…

New Parliamentary Private Secretaries Announced, So Far

As the news of which lucky members of the 2010 intake are chosen to be PPSs breaks, Guido will be updating this post as and when. So far we have:

  • Sam Gyimah to David Cameron
  • Duncan Hames to Nick Clegg
  • Daniel Kawczynski to David Jones at Wales
  • Damian Collins to Theresa Villiers at NI
  • Alec Shelbrooke to Mike Penning at NI
  • Harriet Baldwin to Mark Hoban at DWP
  • Lee Scott to Chris Grayling at Justice
  • Amber Rudd to George Osborne at Treasuary
  • Ben Gummer to Alan Duncan at DfID
  • David Burrowes to Owen Patterson at DEFRA
  • Paul Maynard to Oliver Letwin at Cabinet Office
  • Laura Sandys to Greg Barker at DECC
  • Gavin Williamson to Patrick McLoughlin at Transport
  • Lorley Burt to Danny Alexander at the Treasury
  • Stephen Gilbert to Ed Davey at Energy and Climate Change
  • Simon Wright to David Laws at DfE
  • Andrew Jones to Andrew Mitchell at the Whips’s Office
  • Jessica Lee to Dominic Grieve as Attorney General
  • Paul Uppal to David Willets at BIS
  • Therese Coffey to Michael Fallon at BIS
  • Jake Berry to Grant Shapps
  • Stuart Andrew to Francis Maude at Cabinet Office
  • John Glen to Eric Pickles at Communities
  • Mark Menzies to Mark Prisk at Housing
  • Eric Ollerenshaw to Sayeeda Warsi
  • Mary Macloed to Maria Miller at DCMS
  • Simon Kirby to Hugh Robertson at DCMS
  • Claire Perry to Philip Hammond at Defence
  • Kris Hopkins to Andrew Rothaban at Defence
  • Damian Hinds to Mark Francois at Defence
  • Gavin Barwell to Michael Gove at DfE
  • Mel Stride to John Hayes at Energy
  • Keith Simpson to William Hague at FCO
  • Tobias Ellwood to David Lidlington at Europe
  • Richard Graham to Hugo Swire at FCO
  • Rob Wilson to Jeremy Hunt at Health
  • George Hollingberry to Theresa May at Home Office
  • David Rutley to Damian Green at Police
  • Guy Opperman to Mark Harper at Immigration
  • Julian Smith to Justine Greening
  • John Howell to Andrew Lansley
  • Nigel Adams to Lord Strathclyde
  • Julian Sturdy to Simon Burns at Transport
  • Amber Rudd to George Osborne at Treasury
  • David Mowat to Greg Clark at Treasury
  • Andrew Selous to Iain Duncan Smith at DWP
  • Daniel Kawczynski to David Jones at Wales
  • Ben Wallace to Ken Clarke

Hear of anymore? Email Guido.

UPDATE: The LibDem changes are in. Clegg is hardly teaching his rebels a lesson:

Full List of Sacked Ministers

Dave finally finished the reshuffle last night, appointing Sam Gyimah has his PPS. There were also knighthoods for James Paice, Edward Garnier, Nick Harvey and Gerald Howarth as well as a surprise Privy Council-ship for Lord Ashcroft. No.10 have published the full list of sacked ministers:

  • Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP
  • Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan MP
  • Rt Hon Sir George Young Bt MP
  • Rt Hon Lord Howell of Guildford
  • Rt Hon Nick Herbert MP
  • Rt Hon James Paice MP
  • Paul Burstow MP
  • Nick Gibb MP
  • Nick Harvey MP
  • Charles Hendry MP
  • Lord Henley
  • Henry Bellingham MP
  • Crispin Blunt MP
  • Jonathan Djanogly MP
  • Gerald Howarth MP
  • Tim Loughton MP
  • Peter Luff MP
  • Bob Neill MP
  • Stephen O’Brien MP
  • John Penrose MP
  • Andrew Stunell OBE MP
  • Sarah Teather MP
  • Baroness Wilcox
  • Edward Garnier QC MP
  • James Duddridge MP
  • Michael Fabricant MP
  • Brooks Newmark MP
  • Angela Watkinson MP
  • Bill Wiggin MP

Plenty of new enemies return to the backbenches.

The Rebel in the Whips Office

No.10 has announced that Greg Knight and Des Swayne have been appointed as new government whips. King of the jingle Knight should know all about unruly backbenchers given that he himself has rebelled eight times this Parliament:

As far as Guido can see, Knight is the only one of the 143 Tory MPs that have rebelled against this government to get a promotion in the reshuffle. New Solicitor General Oliver Heald signed the infamous rebel Lords letter but chickened out of the vote.

Guido is a little confused to how Knight is planning on demanding loyalty?

And with the rumours already swirling around the troops about Mitchell, the new whips have got their work cut out…

Reshuffle Close of Play
BoJo Goes Loco, Herbert Quits Mystery, Gove Dream Team

Dave’s first reshuffle has been far more wide-ranging than first thought, with a raft of junior ministerial positions changing hands this evening. The big news was Boris slamming the PM over his sacking of Justine Greening:

“There can be only one reason to move her – and that is to expand Heathrow Airport. It is simply mad to build a new runway in the middle of west London. It is clear that the government wants to ditch its promises and send yet more planes over central London. The third runway would mean more traffic, more noise, more pollution – and a serious reduction in the quality of life for hundreds of thousands of people. We will fight this all the way.”

Elsewhere the major surprise of the afternoon was Nick Herbert quitting as police minister to be replaced by Damian Green, someone who knows all about brushes with the law. There was reward at last for Michael Fallon, who has been made a privy counsellor and part of the BIS team apparently as a “counterweight to Vince“. Greg Clark gets a deserved job as City minister, with Liz Truss given an education post. It’s dream team territory for Michael Gove…

It is also reported that LibDem Don Foster will be made a Communities minister. Yellow sources tell Guido that Foster threw a strop when Clegg overlooked him last time round, even going as far as threatening to quit unless he was promoted. It looks as if he’s got his way…

UPDATE: Paxo claims another victim as Chloe Smith is packed off the Cabinet Office, to be replaced at the Treasury by Sajid Javid. Matt Hancock has survived the prank phone calls to land a role at BIS. Nick Boles gets planning where he will sell the government’s plans to build in the shires.

Tweets of the Reshuffle

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Ken Clarke Shuffles to the Cricket

Ken Clarke, roving Minister without Portfolio, has roved over to the Oval following his demotion earlier today:

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Adonis Condemns “All Change” at Transport
Was Third Transport Secretary in 8 Months Under Brown

Lord Adonis has been harping on at the BBC this afternoon, accusing the government of “constant chop and change” at the Department of Transport after appointing their third SoS in three years.

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Afternoon Reshuffle Latest
Harvey, Burstow and Teather Out

As reported last night LibDem health minister Paul Burstow has been sacked:

Nick Harvey has announced he is leaving as Armed Forces minister, with the MoD […]

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