The new cabinet: the full list

A full list of David Cameron's new ministerial line-up.

Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury and Minister for the Civil Service - David Cameron

Deputy Prime Minister, Lord President of the Council - Nick Clegg

Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs - William Hague

Chancellor of the Exchequer - George Osborne

Chief Secretary to the Treasury - Danny Alexander

Lord Chancellor, Secretary of State for Justice - Chris Grayling

Secretary of State for the Home Department - Theresa May

Secretary of State for Defence - Philip Hammond

Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills - Vince Cable

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions - Iain Duncan Smith

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change - Edward Davey

Secretary of State for Health - Jeremy Hunt

Secretary of State for Education - Michael Gove

Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government - Eric Pickles

Secretary of State for Transport - Patrick McLoughlin

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - Owen Paterson

Secretary of State for International Development - Justine Greening

Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport; and Minister for Women and Equalities - Maria Miller

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland - Theresa Villiers

Secretary of State for Scotland - Michael Moore

Secretary of State for Wales - David Jones

Minister without Portfolio - Ken Clarke

Minister without Portfolio - Grant Shapps

Leader of the House of Lords, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster - Lord Strathclyde

Leader of the House of Commons, Lord Privy Seal - Andrew Lansley

Minister for the Cabinet Office, Paymaster General - Francis Maude

Attorney General – Dominic Grieve

Chief Whip (Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury) - Andrew Mitchell

Jeremy Hunt was promoted from Culture Secretary to Health Secretary in David Cameron's first major cabinet reshuffle. Photograph: Getty Images.
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This is no time for a coup against a successful Labour leader

Don't blame Jeremy Corbyn for the Labour Party's crisis.

"The people who are sovereign in our party are the members," said John McDonnell this morning. As the coup against Jeremy Corbyn gains pace, the Shadow Chancellor has been talking a lot of sense. "It is time for people to come together to work in the interest of the country," he told Peston on Sunday, while emphasising that people will quickly lose trust in politics altogether if this internal squabbling continues. 

The Tory party is in complete disarray. Just days ago, the first Tory leader in 23 years to win a majority for his party was forced to resign from Government after just over a year in charge. We have some form of caretaker Government. Those who led the Brexit campaign now have no idea what to do. 

It is disappointing that a handful of Labour parliamentarians have decided to join in with the disintegration of British politics.

The Labour Party had the opportunity to keep its head while all about it lost theirs. It could have positioned itself as a credible alternative to a broken Government and a Tory party in chaos. Instead we have been left with a pathetic attempt to overturn the democratic will of the membership. 

But this has been coming for some time. In my opinion it has very little to do with the ramifications of the referendum result. Jeremy Corbyn was asked to do two things throughout the campaign: first, get Labour voters to side with Remain, and second, get young people to do the same.

Nearly seven in ten Labour supporters backed Remain. Young voters supported Remain by a 4:1 margin. This is about much more than an allegedly half-hearted referendum performance.

The Parliamentary Labour Party has failed to come to terms with Jeremy Corbyn’s emphatic victory. In September of last year he was elected with 59.5 per cent of the vote, some 170,000 ahead of his closest rival. It is a fact worth repeating. If another Labour leadership election were to be called I would expect Jeremy Corbyn to win by a similar margin.

In the recent local elections Jeremy managed to increase Labour’s share of the national vote on the 2015 general election. They said he would lose every by-election. He has won them emphatically. Time and time again Jeremy has exceeded expectation while also having to deal with an embittered wing within his own party.

This is no time for a leadership coup. I am dumbfounded by the attempt to remove Jeremy. The only thing that will come out of this attempted coup is another leadership election that Jeremy will win. Those opposed to him will then find themselves back at square one. Such moves only hurt Labour’s electoral chances. Labour could be offering an ambitious plan to the country concerning our current relationship with Europe, if opponents of Jeremy Corbyn hadn't decided to drop a nuke on the party.

This is a crisis Jeremy should take no responsibility for. The "bitterites" will try and they will fail. Corbyn may face a crisis of confidence. But it's the handful of rebel Labour MPs that have forced the party into a crisis of existence.

Liam Young is a commentator for the IndependentNew Statesman, Mirror and others.