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.

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…

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.

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.

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…

New Tory PPS List in Full

Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury and Minister for the Civil Service
Rt Hon Theresa May MP – George Hollingbery MP and Seema Kennedy MP

HM Treasury
Chancellor of the Exchequer – Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP – Kwasi Kwarteng MP
Ministerial team – Scott Mann MP

Home Office
Secretary of State for the Home Department and Minister for Women and Equalities – Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP – Ed Argar MP
Minister of State – Rt Hon Caroline Nokes MP – David Morris MP

Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs – Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP – Conor Burns MP
Ministerial team – Robert Courts MP

Ministry of Defence
Secretary of State for Defence – Rt Hon Gavin Williamson MP – Will Quince MP
Ministerial team – Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP and Jack Lopresti MP

Ministry of Justice
Lord Chancellor, and Secretary of State for Justice – Rt Hon David Gauke MP – Peter Heaton Jones MP
Ministerial team – Julian Knight MP

Department for Education
Secretary of State for Education– Rt Damian Hinds MP – Simon Hoare MP
Ministerial team – Alex Chalk MP and David Warbuton MP

Department for Exiting the European Union
Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union – Rt Hon David Davis MP – Gareth Johnson MP and Jeremy Quin MP

Department for International Trade
Secretary of State for International Trade, and President of the Board of Trade – Rt Hon Liam Fox MP – Tom Pursglove MP
Ministerial team – Mike Wood MP

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – Rt Hon Greg Clark MP – Alan Mak MP
Ministerial team – Mary Robinson MP

Department of Health and Social Care
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care – Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP – James Cartlidge MP
Ministerial team – Maggie Throup MP

Department for Work and Pensions
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions – Esther McVey MP – Huw Merriman MP
Ministerial team – Ranil Jayawardena MP

Department for Transport
Secretary of State for Transport – Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP – James Heappey MP
Ministerial team – Chris Green MP

Department for Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government
Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government – Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP – Chris Philp MP

Office of the Leader of the House of Commons
Lord President of the Council, and Leader of the House of Commons – Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP – Victoria Prentis MP

Office of the Leader of the House of Lords
Lord Privy Seal, and Leader of the House of Lords – Rt Hon Baroness Evans of Bowes Park – Luke Hall MP

Scotland Office
Secretary of State for Scotland – Rt Hon David Mundell MP – Alberto Costa MP

Wales Office
Secretary of State for Wales – Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP – Glyn Davies MP
Ministerial team – Chris Davies MP

Northern Ireland Office
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland – Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP – Matt Warman MP

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – Rt Hon Michael Gove MP – Kevin Hollinrake MP
Ministerial team – Rebecca Pow MP

Department for International Development
Secretary of State for International Development – Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP – Michael Tomlinson MP
Ministerial team –Craig Tracey MP

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport – Rt Matt Hancock MP – Nigel Huddleston MP

Cabinet Office
Minister for the Cabinet Office – Rt Hon David Lidington MP – Kevin Foster MP

Attorney General’s Office
Attorney General – Rt Hon Jeremy Wright QC MP – Michelle Donelan MP

Minister without Portfolio
Minister without portfolio and Conservative Party Chairman – Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP – Helen Whately MP

Government in Full

The government is constituted as follows:

Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury and Minister for the Civil Service
Rt Hon Theresa May MP

Cabinet Office
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, and Minister for the Cabinet Office – Rt Hon David Lidington CBE MP
Parliamentary Secretary – Oliver Dowden CBE MP
Parliamentary Secretary – Chloe Smith MP

HM Treasury
Chancellor of the Exchequer – Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP
Chief Secretary to the Treasury – Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP**
Paymaster General, and Financial Secretary to the Treasury – Rt Hon Mel Stride MP
Economic Secretary to the Treasury – John Glen MP†
Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury – Robert Jenrick MP†

Home Office
Secretary of State for the Home Department, and Minister for Women and Equalities – Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP
Minister of State – Caroline Nokes MP**
Minister of State – Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP
Minister of State – Rt Hon Nick Hurd MP
Minister of State – Baroness Williams of Trafford
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Victoria Atkins MP

Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs – Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP
Minister of State – Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan KCMG MP
Minister of State – Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP (jointly with the Department for International Development)
Minister of State – Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State – Rt Hon Mark Field MP*
Minister of State – Harriett Baldwin MP (jointly with the Department for International Development)

Department for Exiting the European Union
Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union – Rt Hon David Davis MP
Minister of State – Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Robin Walker MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Steve Baker MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Suella Fernandes MP

Ministry of Defence
Secretary of State for Defence – Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP
Minister of State – Rt Hon Mark Lancaster TD MP
Minister of State – Rt Hon Earl Howe (and Deputy Leader of the House of Lords)*
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Guto Bebb MP

Ministry of Justice
Lord Chancellor (paid), and Secretary of State for Justice* – Rt Hon David Gauke MP
Minister of State – Rory Stewart OBE MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Lucy Frazer QC MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Phillip Lee MP

Department of Health and Social Care
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care – Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP
Minister of State – Stephen Barclay MP
Minister of State – Caroline Dinenage MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Jackie Doyle-Price MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Steve Brine MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Lord O’Shaughnessy

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – Rt Hon Greg Clark MP
Minister of State – Claire Perry MP**
Minister of State – Sam Gyimah MP (jointly with the Department for Education)
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Andrew Griffiths MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Richard Harrington MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Rt Hon Lord Henley

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government – Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP
Minister of State – Dominic Raab MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Jake Berry MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Heather Wheeler MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Rishi Sunak MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth (jointly with the Wales Office)

Department for International Trade
Secretary of State for International Trade, and President of the Board of Trade – Rt Hon Liam Fox MP
Minister of State – Rt Hon Greg Hands MP
Minister of State – Baroness Fairhead CBE*
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Graham Stuart MP

Department for Education
Secretary of State for Education – Damian Hinds MP
Minister of State – Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP
Minister of State – Rt Hon Anne Milton MP
Minister of State – Sam Gyimah MP (jointly with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Lord Agnew*
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Nadhim Zahawi MP*

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – Rt Hon Michael Gove MP
Minister of State – George Eustice MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Thérèse Coffey MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Lord Gardiner of Kimble

Department for Transport
Secretary of State for Transport – Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP
Minister of State – Jo Johnson MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State* – Nusrat Ghani MP (and Assistant Government Whip (paid))
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Jesse Norman MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State* – Baroness Sugg CBE (and Baroness in Waiting (paid))

Department for Work and Pensions
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions – Rt Hon Esther McVey MP
Minister of State – Alok Sharma MP
Minister of State – Sarah Newton MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Guy Opperman MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Kit Malthouse MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Baroness Buscombe

Office of the Leader of the House of Lords
Lord Privy Seal, and Leader of the House of Lords – Rt Hon Baroness Evans of Bowes Park
Deputy Leader of the House of Lords – Rt Hon Earl Howe (and Minister of State at the Ministry of Defence)*

Scotland Office
Secretary of State for Scotland – Rt Hon David Mundell MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (jointly with the Northern Ireland Office) – Lord Duncan of Springbank

Wales Office
Secretary of State for Wales – Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State* – Stuart Andrew MP (and Assistant Government Whip (paid))
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government) – Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth

Northern Ireland Office
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland – Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Shailesh Vara MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Lord Duncan of Springbank (jointly with the Scotland Office)

Department for International Development
Secretary of State for International Development – Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP
Minister of State – Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP (jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
Minister of State – Harriett Baldwin MP (jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
Minister of State – Rt Hon Lord Bates*

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport – Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP
Minister of State – Margot James MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Tracey Crouch MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Michael Ellis MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Lord Ashton of Hyde

Minister without Portfolio
Minister without Portfolio* (and Conservative Party Chair) – Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP

Office of the Leader of the House of Commons
Lord President of the Council, and Leader of the House of Commons – Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP**

Whips – House of Commons
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury (Chief Whip) – Rt Hon Julian Smith MP**
Treasurer of HM Household (Deputy Chief Whip) – Christopher Pincher MP
Comptroller of HM Household (Government Whip) – Chris Heaton-Harris MP
Vice Chamberlain of HM Household (Government Whip) – Mark Spencer MP

Junior Lords of the Treasury
Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury) – Andrew Stephenson MP
Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury) – Paul Maynard MP
Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury) – Craig Whittaker MP
Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury) – Rebecca Harris MP
Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury) – David Rutley MP
Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury) – Nigel Adams MP*

Assistant Whips (Commons)
Assistant Government Whip – Nusrat Ghani MP (and a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport*)
Assistant Government Whip – Mike Freer MP
Assistant Government Whip – Jo Churchill MP
Assistant Government Whip – Amanda Milling MP
Assistant Government Whip – Stuart Andrew MP (and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Wales Office*)
Assistant Government Whip – Kelly Tolhurst MP
Assistant Government Whip – Mims Davies MP
Assistant Government Whip – Wendy Morton MP*

Whips – House of Lords
Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms (Lords Chief Whip) – Rt Hon Lord Taylor of Holbeach CBE
Captain of The Queen’s Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard (Deputy Chief Whip) – Earl of Courtown
Baronesses and Lords in Waiting
Baroness in Waiting – Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Baroness in Waiting – Baroness Sugg CBE (and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport*)
Baroness in Waiting – Baroness Goldie DL
Baroness in Waiting – Baroness Chisholm of Owlpen*
Baroness in Waiting – Baroness Stedman-Scott OBE DL*
Lord in Waiting – Viscount Younger of Leckie
Lord in Waiting – Rt Hon Lord Young of Cookham CH

Law Officers
Attorney General – Rt Hon Jeremy Wright QC MP**
Solicitor General – Robert Buckland QC MP
Advocate General for Scotland – Rt Hon Lord Keen of Elie QC

Notes for editors
The Queen has been pleased to approve that Claire Perry MP and Caroline Nokes MP be sworn of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

*unpaid ** attends Cabinet † paid as a Parliamentary Secretary

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The following have left the Government: Robert Goodwill MP, Mark Garnier MP, John Hayes MP, Philip Dunne MP.

Alok Sharma MP becomes Minister of State for Employment.

Dominic Raab MP becomes Minister of State for Housing at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Jo Johnson MP becomes Minister of State at the Department for Transport and Minister for London.

Sam Gyimah MP becomes Universities Minister, Minister of State at the Department for Education and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Minister for Higher Education).

Caroline Dinenage MP becomes Minister of State at the Department of Health and Social Care.

Stephen Barclay MP becomes Minister of State at Department of Health and Social Care.

Rory Stewart MP becomes Minister of State at Ministry of Justice.

Margot James MP becomes Minister of State at Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Harriett Baldwin MP becomes Minister of State at Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for International Development.

Rishi Sunak MP becomes Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Lucy Frazer MP becomes Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Ministry of Justice.

Oliver Dowden MP becomes Parliamentary Secretary at Cabinet Office.

Kit Malthouse MP becomes Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Department for Work and Pensions.

Robert Jenrick MP becomes Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury.

Nadhim Zahawi MP becomes Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Department for Education.

Suella Fernandes MP becomes Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Department for Exiting the European Union.

Shailesh Vara MP becomes Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Northern Ireland Office.

Whips – House of Commons
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury (Chief Whip) – Rt Hon Julian Smith MP
  • Treasurer of HM Household (Deputy Chief Whip) – Christopher Pincher MP
  • Comptroller of HM Household (Government Whip) –  Chris Heaton-Harris MP
  • Vice Chamberlain of HM Household (Government Whip) – Mark Spencer MP
Junior Lords of the Treasury
  • Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury) – Andrew Stephenson MP
  • Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury) – Paul Maynard MP
  • Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury) – Craig Whittaker MP
  • Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury) – Rebecca Harris MP
  • Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury) – David Rutley MP
  • Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury) – Nigel Adams MP
Assistant Whips (Commons)
  • Assistant Government Whip – Nusrat Ghani MP (and a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport)
  • Assistant Government Whip – Mike Freer MP
  • Assistant Government Whip – Jo Churchill MP
  • Assistant Government Whip – Amanda Milling MP
  • Assistant Government Whip – Stuart Andrew MP (and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Wales Office)
  • Assistant Government Whip – Kelly Tolhurst MP
  • Assistant Government Whip – Mims Davies MP
  • Assistant Government Whip – Wendy Morton MP
Whips – House of Lords
  • Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms (Lords Chief Whip) – Rt Hon Lord Taylor of Holbeach CBE
  • Captain of The Queen’s Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard (Deputy Chief Whip) – Earl of Courtown
Baronesses and Lords in Waiting
  • Baroness in Waiting – Baroness Vere of Norbiton
  • Baroness in Waiting  – Baroness Sugg CBE (and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport)
  • Baroness in Waiting – Baroness Goldie DL
  • Baroness in Waiting – Baroness Chisholm of Owlpen
  • Baroness in Waiting – Baroness Stedman-Scott OBE
  • Lord in Waiting – Viscount Younger of Leckie
  • Lord in Waiting – Rt Hon Lord Young of Cookham CH

Michael Ellis MP as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Andrew Griffiths MP as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Heather Wheeler MP as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Chloe Smith MP as a Parliamentary Secretary at the Cabinet Office

Guto Bebb MP as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence

John Glen MP as Economic Secretary to the Treasury and City Minister

Graham Stuart MP as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for International Trade

Stuart Andrew MP as an Assistant Government Whip and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Wales Office

The New Cabinet

All eyes to the camera bar Gavin Williamson, who is looking longingly at the PM’s chair…

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James Brokenshire resigns as Northern Ireland Secretary for health reasons.

Patrick McLoughlin steps down as party chairman.

Brandon Lewis new party chairman.

James Cleverly new deputy chairman.

9 new Tory vice chairmen: Kemi Badenoch, Ben Bradley, Chris Skidmore, Maria Caulfield, Rehman Chishti, Helen Grant, Andrew JonesMarcus Jones and James Morris.

David Lidington is Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office.

Amber Rudd stays as Home Secretary, Philip Hammond stays as Chancellor, David Davis stays as Brexit Secretary, Boris Johnson stays as Foreign Secretary.

Sajid Javid becomes the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Jeremy Hunt Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

Greg Clark remains Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Gavin Williamson remains as Secretary of State for Defence.

David Gauke becomes Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice.

Karen Bradley becomes Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

Matt Hancock becomes Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Liam Fox remains Secretary of State for International Trade.

Chris Grayling remains Secretary of State for Transport.

Penny Mordaunt remains Secretary of State for International Development.

Michael Gove remains Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Natalie Evans remains Leader of the House of Lords.

David Mundell remains Secretary of State for Scotland.

Justine Greening has resigned as Education Secretary.

Alun Cairns remains Secretary of State for Wales.

Damian Hinds becomes Secretary of State for Education.

Esther McVey becomes Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

Claire Perry attends Cabinet as Minister of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Jeremy Wright attends Cabinet as Attorney General.

Caroline Nokes attends Cabinet as Minister of State for Immigration.

Andrea Leadsom attends Cabinet as Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons.

Liz Truss attends Cabinet as Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

Julian Smith attends Cabinet as Chief Whip.

Grayling’s 27 Seconds as Party Chairman

11:04am: Chris Grayling tipped as new party chairman on Twitter.

11:40am: The BBC “confirms” Grayling’s appointment.

11:43am: A CCHQ staffer sees the BBC’s report, assumes it is correct, and tweets its out from the @Conservatives account. The Times says the tweeter was CCHQ political director Iain Carter. He also sent the Grayling graphic round the Tory MPs’ WhatsApp group and MPs tweeted it out.

11:43am and 27 seconds: @Conservatives tweet deleted.

11:47am: Number 10 say no appointment has been made.

11:48am: Tory MPs delete their tweets.

11:57am: Brandon Lewis arrives at Number 10 to be appointed party chairman.

This is going well.

Penny Mordaunt New DfID Secretary

Female Brexiter out, female Brexiter in. Shows the new Chief Whip Julian Smith is taking decisions quickly and crucially is keen to promote women and fresh faces. Tory MPs and grassroots have been crying out for younger, punchier figures around the Cabinet table who can fight the fight – Penny is a true believer and the sort of person who the government should be looking to promote. Should also calm Leavers. Will be a popular appointment…

UPDATE: Sarah Newton is made Minister of State at DWP and hotly tipped 2015 intaker Victoria Atkins becomes Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Home Office.

Gavin Williamson New Defence Secretary

Big promotion for Gavin Williamson, who had succeeded in holding the Tory party and the government together as chief whip over the last few months…

UPDATE: Julian Smith new Chief Whip.

UPDATE II: Esther McVey Deputy Chief Whip.

Mini-Reshuffle: Callanan New Brexit Minister

Joyce Anelay is leaving her role as Minister of State in DExEU for health reasons, replaced by Eurosceptic former Tory MEP leader Martin Callanan. A grassroots favourite, he knows his stuff and should be a popular choice.

UPDATE: Anelay says she is quitting because of an injury sustained jumping out of a Black Hawk helicopter:

“It was the Black Hawk helicopter that did it. It was 2015, and as a Foreign Office Minister I was touring Bosnia and Herzegovina, meeting victims of war and terror for whom British overseas power had been a ladder out of oppression. Unfortunately for me, that particular ladder hadn’t materialised when it came to getting out of the helicopter. One ill-judged leap later, and I sustained an uncomfortable injury that has called time on my ministerial career after two decades on the Front Bench.”

Lawson: Sack Saboteur Hammond

Nigel Lawson calls for Philip Hammond to go: “what he is doing is very close to sabotage”. Strong words summing up some of the Brexiteer feeling towards the Chancellor this week…

Mail Calls on May to Sack Hammond

The Daily Mail, which has remained steadfastly loyal to Theresa May and whose view she values highly, says “treacherous” Hammond must go:

“Dismal, defeatist, relentlessly negative, Philip ‘Eeyore’ Hammond might just as well run up the white flag to Jean-Claude Juncker and the Brussels bureaucracy. At every stage in the Brexit process, the inordinately self-satisfied Chancellor has struck a profoundly pessimistic note over the country’s prospects in the wider world outside the European Union. In defiance of Theresa May, he has called for a three-year transition period after withdrawal, while welcoming the doom-mongering CBI’s calls for an indefinite delay…

It is not as if the man is much of a threat to her. With all the charisma of a gloom-laden undertaker, he has no personal following at Westminster. Nor has he so far proved an effective Chancellor. On the contrary, his Budget was a disaster, with his hastily withdrawn plan to attack the self-employed. Meanwhile, there are capable replacements in the wings…

At the earliest opportunity, she needs a reshuffle to stamp her authority on the party and give new talent the chance to revive the Cabinet. What is absolutely clear is that this lack of grip cannot go on. At this crucial juncture in our history, we need a Government with vision and purpose — not half-hearted, lugubrious appeasers like Mr Hammond.”

Today’s Sun editorial meanwhile calls Hammond “grossly negligent”. May wanted to fire Hammond after the election but the result meant she was too weak to go through with it. The broadcasters and Remain media obsess about Boris’ perceived disloyalty, when there was nothing in his 4,000 word article which contradicted government policy. Hammond on the other hand has consistently argued with Number 10, whether on the customs union, length of the transition, budgeting for no deal or his general gloomy tone. May had to slap him down once again yesterday. Compare and contrast the broadcasters’ coverage of Hammond and Boris to see where their views lie…

Nadine: May Should Sack Hammond

May wanted to fire Hammond after the election but he was saved by her weakness following the result. There’s a case that Hammond is far more at odds with government policy than Boris or any other Cabinet Brexiter. Getting rid would have saved a lot of time and effort…

May on Approaching Reshuffle

Freudian slip?

H/T @DavidScullion

Labour Reshuffle

Labour’s error-strewn press release announces jobs for Gloria Di Piero, Rachel Maskell and Tracey Brabin. It’s “De Piero”, “Rachael” and “Tracy”. Full list below… (sic)…

DEFRA
David Drew
Holly Lynch

Home Affairs
Nick Thomas Symonds
Chris Williamson
Afzal Khan
Louise Haigh

Scotland
Paul Sweeney

Justice
Gloria di Piero
Imran Hussain

International Development
Roberta Blackman Woods

Transport
Rachel Maskell
Karl Turner

Treasury
Anneliese Dodds

Housing
Tony Lloyd
Melanie Onn

Women and equalities
Carolyn Harris

Defence
Gerald Jones

Local Government
Yvonne Fovargue

Education
Tracey Brabin

Wales
Chris Ruane

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