Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Downing Street Catwalk: Here Come the Boys

The usual suspects are upset at the Mail’s angle on the reshuffle. Gaby Hinsliff mused last night:

And don’t they all look lovely. There is an obvious reason why Gaby’s dream of a male lineup would not have made a very interesting feature:

All the moving men wore the identical outfits…

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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!

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 Today’s Moves as They Happen

7:40pm: Andrew Lansley is stepping down as an MP at the election.

5:40pm: Tobias Ellwood appointed FCO PUSS.

5:00pm: Jo Johnson promoted to Minister of State at Cabinet Office.

4:58pm: Sam Gymiah is PUSS at DfE.

4:02pm: Whips: Mel Stride, Therese Coffey, Ben Wallace & Damian Hinds.

3:59pm: Alun Cairns is PUSS at Wales Office.

2:05pm: Brooks Newmark is Parliamentary Secretary at Cabinet Office.

2:00pm: Ed Vaizey Minister of State at DCMS and BIS.

1:59pm: Brandon Lewis made Minister of State at DCLG.

1:47pm: Andrew Murrison is PUSS at Northern Ireland.

1:46pm: George Freeman becomes Minister for Life Sciences.

1:40pm: Julian Brazier becomes PUSS at MoD.

1:36pm: Desmond Swayne is Minister of State at DFID.

1:33pm: Robert Buckland becomes Solicitor General.

1:22pm: Liam Fox turns down a job at FCO.

1:14pm: Nick Gibb is returning to Government as Minister of State at DfE.

12:30pm: Penny Mordaunt is the new PUSS at DCLG.

12:29pm: Amber Rudd is Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at DECC.

12:25pm: Priti Patel becomes Exchequer Secretary at the Treasury.

12:25pm: Claire Perry becomes a Transport minister.

12:18pm: Oliver Lewtin becomes Lord Privy Seal.

12:12pm: Anna Soubry is Minister of State at Defence.

12:10pm: John Hayes appointed Minister of State at Transport.

12:07pm: David Gauke is Financial Secretary to the Treasury.

11:35am: Mark Harper appointed Minister of State at DWP.

11:32am: Nick Boles is Minister of State at Education and BIS.

11:30am: Mike Penning is Minister of State at Home Office and MoJ.

11:14am: Matt Hancock is Minister of State for BIS, DECC and Portsmouth. He will attend Cabinet.

11:11am: Jeremy Wright is the new Attorney General.

11.00am: Baroness Stowell replaces Jonathan Hill as Lords Leader.

10:43am: Lord Hill is the PM’s nomination for European Commissioner.

10.34am: Greg Clark becomes Minister for Universities, Cities and Science.

10:27am: Esther McVey continues at DWP and will now attend Cabinet.

9:55am: Michael Fallon is the new Defence Secretary.

9:30am: New Environment Secretary is Liz Truss.

9:25am: Nicky Morgan replaces Gove as Education Secretary.

9.12am: Michael Gove is moved to Chief Whip.

Developing…

Lord Hill: Unelected, Unheard Of, Ultimate Political Insider

After denouncing Juncker as “someone no one has heard of”, Cameron has nominated Jonathan Hill for European Commissioner. Who he?

Hill worked at the Conservative Research Department in 1985 before becoming a SpAd to Ken Clarke.

In 1991 he joined the No.10 policy unit and became political secretary to Major in 1992, going on to lobby for Bell Pottinger and Quiller before moving to the Lords in 2010.

Asked by ConHome in June whether he was would want to be European Commissioner, Hill replied “non, non, non”.

As an ultimate political insider, who has never been elected to anything, he will fit right in in Brussels…

Cabinet Office: Sorry We Haven’t a Minister

Charlie Elphicke’s parliamentary debate to highlight the failings in political neutrality of charities has been postponed after the Cabinet Office realised that they no longer had a Minister for Civil Society to respond.

After the sacking of the Nick Hurd, perhaps his replacement should have a keen interest in the third sector…

Why not Elphicke himself, or Conor Burns?

The charities would love it…

Monday, July 14, 2014

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.

Butler-Sloss Stands Down

Last week the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman insisted:

“The focus was on finding a person with the right expertise and integrity. That’s exactly what we have in Elizabeth Butler-Sloss.” 

Theresa May vowed:

 “Baroness Butler-Sloss brings with her many years of experience in the field of child protection and law, and I am confident that she will deliver the thorough, robust and independent review that I have promised.”

Today Butler-Sloss has stood down:

“I was honoured to be invited by the Home Secretary to chair the wide-ranging inquiry about child sexual abuse and hoped I could make a useful contribution.

It has become apparent over the last few days, however, that there is a widespread perception, particularly among victim and survivor groups, that I am not the right person to chair the inquiry. It has also become clear to me that I did not sufficiently consider whether my background and the fact my brother had been Attorney General would cause difficulties.

This is a victim-orientated inquiry and those who wish to be heard must have confidence that the members of the panel will pay proper regard to their concerns and give appropriate advice to Government.

Nor should media attention be allowed to be diverted from the extremely important issues at stake, namely whether enough has been done to protect children from sexual abuse and hold to account those who commit these appalling crimes.

Having listened to the concerns of victim and survivor groups and the criticisms of MPs and the media, I have come to the conclusion that I should not chair this inquiry and have so informed the Home Secretary.

I should like to add that I have dedicated my life to public service, to the pursuit of justice and to protecting the rights of children and families and I wish the inquiry success in its important work.”

Where’s Brian Leveson when you need him?

UPDATE: 

Friday, July 11, 2014

All-Male Shortlist to Replace Tim Yeo in South Suffolk

Tonight sees South Suffolk Tories select a replacement for Tim Yeo from an unusual all male short list of 3 candidates. Local councillor James Cartlidge, former Deutsche Bank investment banker Jeremy Quin and Norfolk-raised barrister James Tumbridge are into the final 3 tonight after more than 100 people applied to be the Conservative candidate for South Suffolk at the next general election.

The Special General Meeting, for members only, is being held at ‘One’, Scrivener Drive, Ipswich, IP8 3SU tonight at 6.30 pm. Guido is betting that it will after the absentee Yeo experience go to either the local councillor James Cartlidge or the local boy – his family farm a small holding in the area – James Tumbridge.


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