Tory Rank & File Cabinet Ratings

The regular ConservativeHome polling of the rank and file shows that Rishi is enjoying much acclaim as the Tory Chancellor over-seeing the biggest rise in government debt since George Osborne and making Gordon Brown look tight-fisted. The readers might not be exactly representative of the wider party membership, nevertheless, they are broadly representative and one thing is clear – those reshuffle rumours* about Priti Patel spread by her many enemies in the media are wide of the mark. She is currently more popular than the PM…

On the other hand Robert Jenrick has a negative rating of -23. The betting markets don’t reflect this

*Don’t expect an imminent re-shuffle in any event.

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+++ Labour Reshuffle Live +++

Keir Starmer yesterday began the process of appointing his new Shadow Cabinet. He announced his new top team yesterday, with the lower-ranking, non-Coronavirus-related posts to be appointed throughout the course of today. Stick with Guido for all the updates…

Monday

***Starmer releases full cabinet reshuffle***

  • Angela Rayner, Deputy Leader and Chair of the Labour Party
  • Anneliese Dodds, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
  • Lisa Nandy, Shadow Foreign Secretary
  • Nick Thomas-Symonds, Shadow Home Secretary
  • Rachel Reeves, Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
  • David Lammy, Shadow Justice Secretary
  • John Healey, Shadow Defence Secretary
  • Ed Miliband, Shadow Business, Energy and Industrial Secretary
  • Emily Thornberry, Shadow International Trade Secretary
  • Jonathan Reynolds, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary
  • Jonathan Ashworth, Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
  • Rebecca Long-Bailey, Shadow Education Secretary
  • Jo Stevens, Shadow Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
  • Bridget Philipson, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
  • Luke Pollard, Shadow Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary
  • Steve Reed, Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary
  • Thangam Debbonaire, Shadow Housing Secretary
  • Jim McMahon, Shadow Transport Secretary
  • Preet Kaur Gill, Shadow International Development Secretary
  • Louise Haigh, Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary (interim)
  • Ian Murray, Shadow Scotland Secretary
  • Nia Griffith, Shadow Wales Secretary
  • Marsha de Cordova, Shadow Women and Equalities Secretary
  • Andy McDonald, Shadow Employment Rights and Protections Secretary
  • Rosena Allin-Khan, Shadow Minister for Mental Health
  • Cat Smith, Shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Engagement
  • Lord Falconer, Shadow Attorney General
  • Valerie Vaz, Shadow Leader of the House
  • Nick Brown, Opposition Chief Whip
  • Baroness Smith, Shadow Leader of the Lords
  • Lord McAvoy, Lords’ Opposition Chief Whip

******

12.42: Barbara Keeley sacked as Shadow Mental Health Minister
11.22: Christina Rees sacked as Shadow Welsh Minister
10.56: Andrew Gwynn reveals he resigned as Shadow Local Government Secretary on Saturday
10.36: Richard Burgon sacked as Shadow Justice Minister

Sunday

***Starmer announces top team***

16.57: Anneliese Dodds appointed Shadow Chancellor
16.57: Lisa Nandy appointed Shadow Foreign Secretary
16.57: Nick Thomas-Symonds appointed Shadow Home Secretary
16.57: Rachel Reeves appointed Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
16.57: Jonathan Ashworth remains Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

******

16.57: Angela Smith remains Shadow Leader of the Lords
16.57: Nick Brown remains Labour’s Chief Whip

15.53: Jon Trickett sacked as Shadow Cabinet Office Minister
15.26: Ian Lavery sacked as Labour Party Chairman
15.23: Barry Gardiner sacked as Shadow International Trade Secretary 

Saturday

  • Diane Abbott and John McDonnell resign from their front bench positions, prior to Starmer’s election as leader
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+++ RESHUFFLE LIVE +++

Good morning and welcome to the long-awaited reshuffle day. Sackings begin in Boris’s Parliamentary office at 08.30 and senior ministerial appointments will begin around 10:00. Junior ministerial appointments are expected to start around noon and the intention is to get everything done today. Stay tuned…

Friday

20.40: Lord Parkinson appointed a Lord in Waiting
20.40: Baroness Scott appointed as a Baroness in Waiting
20.40: Eddie Hughes appointed Assistant Government Whip
20.40: Michael Tomlinson appointed Government Whip
20.40: Julia Lopez appointed Parliamentary Secretary at Cabinet Office

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Who is in Charge of Science?

As the reshuffle draws to an end, save for any last-minute surprises, this is now the first Government since 2010 without a Science Minister. The role was combined with Universities Minister and held by Chris Skidmore. His replacement Michelle Donelan has had the ‘science’ part of the job title removed…

The previous holder of the position attended Cabinet now, without science in the brief, the new holder does not. Strange for a government that has briefed so heavily about science and research and development.

Guido hears rumours of a quieter Number 10 power grab, with Dominic Cummings taking personal charge of the new government science agenda. DARPA here we come…

UPDATE: Amanda Solloway at BEIS apparently has responsibility for science, though she doesn’t have that role in her job title or a seat at the Cabinet table, unlike the last science minister.

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Julian Smith is Going Down the Pub

Wouldn’t we all?…

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Kuenssberg’s Sweary Reaction to Javid Resignation

Very restrained in comparison to most in the Westminster Bubble…

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