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

Ken Clarke Shuffles to the Cricket

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

He hasn’t got anything better to do…

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.

That’s the same Andrew Adonis that was the third Transport Secretary in eight months under Gordon Brown, indeed Labour had a grand total of seven Transport Secretaries in thirteen years. Get that man a taxi…

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 now turning entirely Tory. Norman Lamb gets the health job he has always wanted, while Jo Swinson replaces him at BIS. Sarah Teather is leaving the government to fight for her seat. She’s not laughing now…

Meanwhile the first meeting of Dave’s new cabinet will be held tomorrow afternoon. Pull up some extra chairs…

Flashback: McLouglin Refuses to Rule Out Heathrow Expansion

In July 1990 the then Aviation Minister under Thatcher, Patrick McLoughlin, told the House:

“I am afraid that I cannot say to my hon. Friend the Member for Spelthorne, who so ably introduced the debate, that I can wholly rule out Heathrow. If I did that, my hon. Friends who have spoken on behalf of other areas would ask me wholly to rule out their airports as well. That is not the way forward. The way forward is to do as the Government have done—to set up a working group. [Laughter.] It is easy for Opposition Members to mock—we are used to that, but they never come forward with any constructive suggestions.”

The new Transport Secretary’s Derbyshire seat is a long way from Heathrow, though the Tories would be fools to reverse on their Heathrow election pledge. It’s as if they want to lose every seat in West London…

Boris is not very happy about the Greening move:

“There can be only one reason to move her – and that is to expand Heathrow airport. Clear that the government wants to ditch its promises. We will fight this all the way.” 

This could get messy. 

Speech via Jim Waterson.

The New Cabinet in Full

Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury and Minister for the Civil Service –The Rt Hon David Cameron MP

Deputy Prime Minister, Lord President of the Council – The Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP

Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs – The Rt Hon William Hague MP

Chancellor of the Exchequer – The Rt Hon George Osborne MP

Chief Secretary to the Treasury – The Rt Hon Danny Alexander MP

Lord Chancellor, Secretary of State for Justice – The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP

Secretary of State for the Home Department; and Minister for Women and Equalities – The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

Secretary of State for Defence – The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP

Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills – The Rt Hon Dr Vincent Cable MP

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions – The Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change – The Rt Hon Edward Davey MP

Secretary of State for Health – The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP

Secretary of State for Education – The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP

Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government – The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP

Secretary of State for Transport – The Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – The Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP

Secretary of State for International Development – The Rt Hon Justine Greening MP

Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport – The Rt Hon Maria Miller MP

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland – The Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP

Secretary of State for Scotland – The Rt Hon Michael Moore MP

Secretary of State for Wales – The Rt Hon David Jones MP

Minister without Portfolio – The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP

Minister without Portfolio – The Rt Hon Ken Clarke QC MP

Leader of the House of Lords, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster – The Rt Hon Lord Strathclyde

Leader of the House of Commons, Lord Privy Seal – The Rt Hon Andrew Lansley MP

Minister for the Cabinet Office, Paymaster General – The Rt Hon Francis Maude MP

Attorney General – The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP

Solicitor General – The Rt Hon Oliver Heald MP

Chief Whip (Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury) – The Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell

McLoughlin to Transport, Paterson to DEFRA, Greening to DfID Warsi Gets a Made Up Job, Miller to DCMS

Former chief whip Patrick McLoughlin has been appointed Transport Secretary. As Guido noted last night:

“McLoughlin will be heading to Transport makes a lot of sense – when Philip Hammond was in the job, he would spend one minute of a TV appearance talking about cars or trains and the rest mopping up the government crisis of the day. From miner to firefighter.” 

Meanwhile Owen Paterson gets DEFRA. He’s said to be very sound on hunting…

UPDATE: Warsi gets a made up job:

UPDATE II: 

UPDATE III: Maria Miller to goes to Culture, Media and Sport leaving the fight on between Fallon and Shapps for Party Chairman.

Hunt to Health – Merci, Big Drink Tonight!

You have to wonder what he has to do to get sacked…

Time to Say-eeda Goodbye

When Sayeeda Warsi joined the cabinet she famously hung her jacket from the railings in Downing Street. Now it’s time for no one’s favourite Baroness to get her coat. Here are her greatest hits…

Less Minister without Portfolio and more Minister for Mea Culpas. First she had to apologise for not telling the authorities about her creative rent set-up, then she was saying sorry for taking a business partner and relative on an official visit to Pakistan.

A formal investigation found that Warsi had breached the ministerial code but still somehow she stayed in the job. Perhaps it was her TV appearances that lengthened her political life, though maybe comparing UKIP to the BNP wasn’t the best idea when the Tories are haemorrhaging support to the right. At the time the New Statesman seemed to be her only friends. Now Mehdi Hasan’s only source in the government is gone…

The Baroness never tired of reminding us of her working class roots – even at the very end she was begging Dave not to forget that she was a woman, Asian and from the North.

It was not enough… 

Lansley Sacked Grayling Gets Justice, Villiers to Northern Ireland

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has been given the chop.

Another top down reorganisation of the NHS…

UPDATE: Villiers to Northern Ireland.

UPDATE II:

Andrew Mitchell Has Not Been Promoted

The master of his dark arts, Andrew Mitchell, may well have spun his way to a new job, but trying to package it as a promotion is a bit much – in fact it’s the total opposite. Going from the Secretary of State to Chief Whip means a £30,000 pay cut.* He’s also no longer a cabinet member, merely having attendance rights. It’s always nice to see a former banker reformed though…

*The Chief Whip is paid at Minister of State level.

Rolling Reshuffle Rumours and Gossip

Beyond sharing in the delight that Osborne loyalist and current backbencher Matthew Hancock had a busy evening answering prank phone calls from amused colleagues calling him on private numbers, very few details regarding the reshuffle are actually cast in stone this morning. Downing Street have confirmed that Andrew Mitchell will replace Patrick McLoughlin as Chief Whip. The move was not universally welcomed amongst the ranks on the Commons terrace last night.

Guido was heavily tipped at the weekend that the former Chief would not be returning to the backbenches, instead getting a party role. Therefore the latest gossip that McLoughlin will be heading to Transport makes a lot of sense – when Philip Hammond was in the job, he would spend one minute of a TV appearance talking about cars or trains and the rest mopping up the government crisis of the day. From miner to firefighter.

George Young and Cheryl Gillan are reportedly toast and Shapps remains tipped to replace Warsi. Elsewhere outward movement was talked up overnight for Lansley, Spelman and Clarke – all of which remains, thus far, speculation. As of midnight, Guido got heavy kick back on Clarke going completely, but the man himself has remained uncharacteristically tight lipped. Sky claim he turned down Young’s job. Where we will be by the end of breakfast remains to be seen…

UPDATE: Clarke to Minister Without Portfollio, which means Warsi is out of two jobs.

Where’s Warsi? Not in CCHQ for Much Longer…

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