Boris Appoints CCHQ Vice Chairs

Boris has put the finishing touches on his reshuffle this afternoon by appointing a fresh batch of Tory MPs to support new Party Chairman James Cleverly in CCHQ. Paul Scully was appointed Deputy Chairman last week alongside Helen Whately who remains in the role, now six further MPs have been appointed Parliamentary Vice Chairmen:

  • Andrew Bowie
  • Sir David Evennett
  • Helen Grant
  • Ranil Jayawardena
  • Caroline Johnson
  • Alec Shelbrooke (reappointed)

No word yet on who’s got the “youth” brief. Or whether they’ll be younger than former youth Vice Chair Nigel Huddlestone at 48 years young…

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Thursday

08:50: Jake Berry is Minister of State at the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government. He will also attend Cabinet. Loyalty counts.

Wednesday

23:58: Kwasi Kwarteng appointed Business Minister. Why Kwasi so late? He reportedly had his phone off all day, unorthodox career strategy on reshuffle day…

23:02: Oliver Dowden becomes Paymaster General and Cabinet Office Minister (n.b. all appointments today attending Cabinet). Oliver Wow-den…

22:55: Jo Johnson returns as Universities Minister in BEIS and DfE. Jo with the flow…

22:47: Brandon Lewis becomes Home Office Minister. Not a-Brandoned…

22:43: Jacob Rees-Mogg becomes Leader of the House of Commons. Top Mogg…

22:41: Esther McVey becomes Minister at MHCLG. McVey rejoins the fray…

22:32: James Cleverly becomes Tory Party Chairman. Cleverly done…

22:11 Rishi Sunak becomes Chief Secretary to the Treasury. Not a moment too Sunak…

21:51 Geoffrey Cox remains Attorney General. Cox in the box…

21:39: Baroness Evans remains Leader of the Lords. Good ‘Evans…

21:31: Alister Jack becomes Scottish Secretary. Jack for Jocks…

21:30: Julian Smith becomes Northern Ireland Secretary. Smith to reforge DUP alliance…

21:23: Alun Cairns remains Welsh Secretary. Cairn’t be beat…

21:12: Grant Shapps becomes Transport Secretary. Shapps for ships…

21:07: Alok Sharma becomes International Development Secretary. Sharma’s a charmer…

20:59: Robert Buckland becomes Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary. Bucking the trend…

20:46: Amber Rudd remains at DWP, adding Equalities brief. Not Rudderless!

20:37: Robert Jenrick becomes Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary. A very Jenerick department…

20:29: Andrea Leadsom becomes Business Secretary. Andreyeah!

20:26: Nicky Morgan becomes Culture Secretary. Nicky Morback!

20:24: Gavin Williamson becomes Education Secretary. Gavin Winiamson.

20:11: Theresa Villiers becomes Environment Secretary. Villiers Delivers…

19:55: Matt Hancock remains Health Secretary. Hancock blocked…

19:26: Liz Truss appointed International Trade Secretary. Trussted pork market opener…

19:18: Ben Wallace appointed Defence Secretary. Wall-ace in the hole…

19:10: Michael Gove appointed to Cabinet Office, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, no deal coordinator. Roving Gove…

18:59: Stephen Barclay remains Brexit Secretary. Barclay banked…

18:52: Dominic Raab appointed Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State. He’s ready now…

18:43: Priti Patel appointed Home Secretary. Sitting Priti…

18:35: Sajid Javid appointed Chancellor. Saj-in…

18:10: Mel Stride sacked as Leader of the Commons. End of the ride for Stride…

17:58: Claire Perry relinquishes Clean Growth & Energy portfolio but gets new role as COP26 President. Claire spare…

17:58: Jeremy Hunt quits as Foreign Secretary after turning down Defence. Shunt for Hunt…

17:56: Jeremy Wright sacked as Culture Secretary. Not Wright for the job…

17:53: David Mundell sacked as Scottish Secretary. David Gone-dell…

17:25: Karen Bradley sacked as Northern Ireland Secretary. Karen Brad-leave…

17:24: James Brokenshire out as Communities Secretary. James Broken-fired…

17:17: Caroline Nokes sacked as Immigration Minister. That’s all, Nokes…

17:16: Damian Hinds sacked as Education Secretary. Hinds unwinds…

17:11: Chris Grayling quits as Transport Secretary. Grayling bailing…

17:00: Liam Fox sacked as International Trade Secretary. Out-Foxed…

16:59: Greg Clark sacked as Business Secretary. Clark parked…

16:44: Penny Mordaunt sacked as Defence Secretary. Penny drops…

23/7: Mark Spencer appointed Chief Whip. Off the Mark…

Earlier: Hammond, Stewart, Liddington, and Gauke pre-emptively announce resignations.

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New Ministerial Appointments In Full

Following the appointment of potentially troublesome Amber Rudd as DWP Secretary, Remainer rebel Stephen Hammond has replaced new Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay as Health Minister.

John Penrose who backed Remain but has become an ERG stalwart since the refendum has been appointed as Minister of State for the Northern Ireland Office. Leave-voting Kwasi Kwarteng has been appointed as new junior Brexit minister after serving for 18 months as Philip Hammond’s PPS. The Cabinet’s balance has shifted further in favour of remain, and some potentially troublesome backbenchers have been bought off…

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Amber Rudd New DWP Secretary

After the resignations of Dominic Raab and Esther McVey, Theresa May is looking to shore up her top team. Amber Rudd is back in the Cabinet as Secretary of State for the Department for Work and Pensions after 201 days on the backbenches. Brexiteer out, Remainer in…

There have now been 14 work and pensions secretaries since the department was created in 2001, and a whopping six since March 2016.

In September Rudd came out to say a second referendum is preferable to a no deal Brexit. Cabinet could get choppy.

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Sajid Javid New Home Secretary

The first BAME Home Secretary, a reformer who can help the Tories recover from the Windrush scandal, a Remainer who has since been a strong proponent of leaving the customs union. Astute appointment by May…

James Brokenshire replaces Saj as Housing Secretary.

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Home Secretary Runners and Riders

  • Sajid Javid: Would be astute of May to make her only BAME Cabinet minister Home Secretary in response to the scandals of the last few weeks. Saj made a powerful intervention on Windrush in the Sunday Telegraph. Remainer so wouldn’t upset the Cabinet balance. You get the impression he’s one of the few who could sort the Home Office out.
  • Michael Gove: Has shaken up every department he’s run, and goodness knows the Home Office needs it. Fell out with May while she was there, though relations have thawed since. Being a Brexiter may hold him back. The early bookies’ favourite.
  • Jeremy Hunt: If May’s main concern is allaying Remainers’ fears about losing one of their main Cabinet supporters, she might replace Rudd with the Remain leadership favourite Hunt. He refused to budge from the Department of Health in January though.
  • Karen Bradley: A former junior minister in the Home Office under May, and one of her few allies. Would maintain the gender and Brexit balance of the Cabinet. She’d be a typical uninspiring May hire.
  • David Lidington: Another of May’s most trusted allies, moving Lidders in is the sort of thing she’d do. Though again would hardly be the jolt the Home Office needs.
  • James Brokenshire: Stood down in January after being diagnosed with lung cancer, he has since had successful surgery. Will inevitably return at some point as he is one of May’s key allies. This may have come too soon.
  • Penny Mordaunt: One of the more impressive female Cabinet members, and it would be good to see a proper Brexiter in the Home Office. Not like May to promote ambitious younger talent.
  • Brandon Lewis: Wasn’t Number 10’s first choice for party chairman back in January, and as former immigration minister it’s safe to say Lewis wouldn’t have forgotten about the migrant removal targets. May well be tainted by his time there.
  • Caroline Nokes: Rudd’s deputy in the Home Office. Maybe not.

Downing Street says the new Home Secretary will be announced on Monday…

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