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LIVE: Who's in and who's out - the full reshuffle list

Michael Gove down, Ken Clarke out, Nicky Morgan on the up: all the latest on the Cabinet reshuffle.

Throughout the day, we'll be keeping an updated list of all the latest appointments, demotions and sackings from the Cabinet reshuffle. Here's the latest:

 

Chancellor

George Osborne HOLD

As the economic recovery continues, Cameron has kept his No 2 in place to remain working on the “longterm economic plan”.

Home Secretary

Theresa May HOLD

Despite the recent passport office fiasco and the botched appointment of Baroness Butler-Sloss to head the child sex abuse inquiry, May has survived as the most senior women in the Government.

Foreign Secretary

Out: William Hague

Hague has been moved to Leader of the Commons, so will remain as one of David Cameron’s right hand men until he steps down from Parliament next year.

In: Philip Hammond

A known Eurosceptic who has voiced his view that Britain should leave the EU unless more powers are repatriated, Hammond will now be central to those negotiations in Brussels.

Defence Secretary

Out: Philip Hammond

In: Michael Fallon

Previously presiding over a diverse ministerial portfolio including energy, business enterprise and the city of Portsmouth, Fallon, known for his crisis-management skills, has been promoted to the Cabinet.

Education Secretary

Out: Michael Gove

Demoted to Chief Whip, Gove’s controversial education reforms made him unpopular with teachers and he was damaged by a recent high-profile spat with May; now to do more broadcast for the government.

In: Nicky Morgan

An acolyte of George Osborne in her former Financial Secretary to the Treasury role, Morgan’s was one of the top female promotions; she was also awarded equalities brief, a controversial choice given she voted against same sex marriage.

Defra Secretary

Out: Owen Paterson

The right-wing climate change sceptic has been demoted from the Cabinet, leading environmental groups to crow. His handling of the winter floods and badger culling exercise had been widely criticised.

In: Liz Truss

Described as a “human hand grenade” while Education Minister, feisty and ambitious Truss was the second women to be appointed Secretary of State today.

Chief Whip

Out: Sir George Young 

The 72-year-old is out of the Cabinet altogether; he is set to retire from Parliament at next May’s election after 41 years as an MP.

In: Michael Gove

Leader of the House

Out: Andrew Lansley

Demoted from the Government, Lansley has also lost out on the nomination to be Britain’s European Commissioner, a role for which he was widely touted – a bad day.

In: William Hague

Welsh Secretary

Out: David Jones

The Welsh-speaker and proud Welshman returns to the back benches after less than two years.

In: Stephen Crabb

Formerly Jones’ deputy, the MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire is the only man sporting a beard to enter the Cabinet.

Universities Minister

Out: David Willetts

Known as “Two brains”, Willetts immediately announced his intention to step down as an MP next year following his resignation last night.

In: Greg Clark

Clark added universities to his brief and will also continue as minister for cities and local growth.

Leader of the House of Lords

Out: Lord Hill

Cameron has selected the respected peer as Britain’s nominee for European Commissioner, avoiding sparking a by-election if he had chosen an MP.

In: Baroness Stowell

Last year the former No 10 aide to John Major steered the gay marriage Bill through the Lords, after which she was promoted to the role of communities and local government minister.

Attorney General

Out: Dominic Grieve

The Government’s most senior legal adviser since 2010 was demoted from the Cabinet; he has admitted he is “sad” to lose the role.

In: Jeremy Wright

Previously junior justice minister, Wright has kept a low profile: Sky’s Adam Boulton admitted today that he would struggle to pick Wright out in an identity parade.

Minister of State for Business, Enterprise and Energy

Out: Michael Fallon

In: Matthew Hancock (who will attend Cabinet, and be minister for Portsmouth)

Clearly forgiven for posing in front of “Sack Cameron” graffiti last week, he reportedly used to prep the Prime Minister before PMQs and is another of Osborne’s protégés to rise.

Minister of State for the Home Office and Ministry of Justice (police minister)

Out: Damian Green

Sacked last night, Green’s departure was described as “inexplicable” by political commentator Ian Dale, who noted him as a “good media performer and original thinker”.

In: Mike Penning

The former fireman has been promoted after being appointed disabilities minister last October.

Minister of State for Business and Education

Out: Matthew Hancock

In: Nick Boles (he will also have responsibility for equal marriage legislation)

Formerly Minister for Planning and Development, Boles will now preside over adult skills, apprenticeships and business support.

Minister of State for the Department of Work and Pensions (minister for disabled people)

Out: Mike Penning

In: Mark Harper

After resigning swiftly and honourably earlier this year when he discovered his cleaner was working in the UK illegally, Harper has been restored to a post in the Government.

Minister of State for the Cabinet Office

In: Jo Johnson

Previously heading up David Cameron’s policy unit and a junior Cabinet Office minister, Boris’s brother has been promoted to minister of state.

Financial Secretary to the Treasury

Out: Nicky Morgan

In: David Gauke

Previously the Exchequer Secretary, Gauke has been bumped up a notch in the Treasury.

Minister of State for Transport

In: John Hayes

Hayes will also carry on as a Cabinet Office minister, where his role was described as the Prime Minister’s envoy to the backbenches.

Lord Privy Seal

Out: Andrew Lansley

In: Oliver Letwin

A Cabinet Office minister for government policy, Letwin’s promotion today has been described as tokenistic.

Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury

Out: David Gauke

In: Priti Patel

The right-wing former PR executive joined the government and will now deal with tax policy.

Minister for Schools

Out: Liz Truss

In: Nick Gibb

Returning to his old post, Gibb will be “working with Nicky Morgan to ensure no let up in education reforms”, according to a tweet by Cameron.

Parliamentary Secretary

Out: Jo Johnson

In: Brooks Newmark (he will also be minister for civil society)

The Braintree MP has joined the Government. Formerly a whip between 2010 and 2012.

Minister for Communities

Out: Baroness Stowell

In: Brandon Lewis

Local government minister Lewis was promoted to Minister of State.

 

Other moves:

Ken Clarke, minister without portfolio, is out of the Cabinet entirely.

Nicky Morgan will hold her current position as minister for women alongside the education brief.

Also out are Nick Hurd, minister for civil society (replaced by Brooks Newmark); Alan Duncan, international development minister (replaced by Desmond Swayne, a former whip); Greg Barker, energy minister.

Lord Hill is nominated for European Commissioner.

Esther McVey, employment minister (number two in the Department of Work and Pensions) will stay there, but attend Cabinet meetings.

Anna Soubry moves up to minister of state at Defence.

Penny Mordaunt is a parliamentary under secretary at Communities and is responsible for coastal communities.

Amber Rudd becomes a parliamentary under secretary at the department of energy and climate change. 

Claire Perry becomes a parliamentary under secretary at transport with responsibility for rail.

Robert Buckland is the new solicitor-general.

Julian Brazier becomes a junior defence minister.

George Freeman becomes minister for life sciences.

Ed Vaizey becomes minister for digital industries.

Andrew Murrison moves from defence to join the Northern Ireland office as a junior minister.

Oliver Letwin remains as minister for government policy and becomes Lord Privy Seal.

Alun Cairns becomes parliamentary under secretary for the Wales office and will be Government Whip.

Sam Gymiah becomes parliamentary under secretary at the Department for Education.

Mel Stride, Therese Coffey, Ben Wallace and Damian Hinds become Assistant Government Whips.

Over at the Spectator, Fraser Nelson is reporting that Liam Fox was offered a minister of state role at the Foreign Office, but declined it. Fox has now confirmed this.

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The New Statesman 2016 local and devolved elections liveblog

Results and analysis from elections across the United Kingdom. 

Welcome to the New Statesman's elections liveblog. Results will be coming in from the devolved legislatures in Scotland and Wales, local elections in England, and the mayoral contests in London, Salford, Bristol and Liverpool. Hit refresh for updates!

23:25: Tory mole in Wales tells me that things look bad for them - potentially worse than the losses shown in YouGov's poll. The election has become "a referendum on steel", apparently. 

23:20: Early results from Sunderland show Labour doing fairly badly (you know, for Sunderland) and Ukip doing very well. But one swallow doesn't make a summer and we need more data before we know anything. 

23:15: We should get our first result from Scotland in 45 minutes or so. Rutherglen, Labour-held since the Scottish Parliament's creation in 1999, and highly likely to go to the SNP. 

23:13: And what the results mean so far, according to ace numbercruncher Matt Singh:

23:07: Those numbers from Sunderland, where Labour have held in St Anne's ward. Labour down 15 points on 2012, when these seats were last fought, Tories down 3. It's Ukip who are making the headway (they didn't stand last time and expect them do post performances like this throughout the United Kingdom tonight and as results roll in over the weekend). 

23:04: Back to Wales - YouGov's poll "looks about right" according to my Plaid Cymru source. What does that mean? Labour could go it alone and do deals on a vote-by-vote basis - they govern alone now with just 30 seats. If the poll is even a little out - let's say either Labour or the Liberal Democrats get one more seat - they might do a deal if they can get a majority with the Welsh Liberal Democrats. 

23:01: Pallion Ward in Sunderland is the first to declare, and it's a Labour hold! More on percentages as I get them. 

22:58: Why isn't it an exit poll, I hear you ask? Well, an exit poll measures swing - not vote share, but the change from one election to the next. People are asked how they've voted as they leave polling stations. This is then projected to form a national picture. Tonight's two polls are just regular polls taken on the day of the election. 

22:57: The Sun's poll - again, not an exit poll, I'm not kidding around here - of Scotland has the SNP winning by a landslide. (I know, I'm as shocked as all of you) But more importantly, it shows the Conservatives beating Labour into second place. The Tories believe they may hold onto Ettrick as well. 

22:55: What news from Scotland? Labour looks to have been wiped out in Glasgow. Liberal Democrats think they might hold at least one of Orkney or Shetland, while the seats in Edinburgh are anyone's game. 

22:52: Hearing that turnout is low in Waltham Forest, Lewisham, Hackney and my birthplace of Tower Hamlets (the borough's best export unless you count Dizzie Rascal, Tinchy Stryder or Harry Redknapp, that's me). Bad news for Labour unless turnout is similarly low in the Tory-friendly outer boroughs. 

22:47: YouGov have done a poll (note: not an exit poll, it should not be taken as seriously as an exit poll and if you call it an exit poll I swear to god I will find you and kill you) of the Welsh Assembly. Scores on the door:

Labour 27

Plaid Cymru 12 

Conservatives 11

Ukip 8

Liberal Democrat 2

There are 60 seats in the Assembly, so you need 30 seats for a majority of one. 

22:40: In case you're wondering, how would closing a seven point deficit to say, six, compare to previous Labour oppositions, I've done some number-crunching. In 1984, Neil Kinnock's Labour turned a Tory lead of 15 per cent at the general election to a Conservative lead of just one per cent. In 1988, one of 12 per cent went down to one per cent. (He did, of course, go on to lose in both the 1987 and 1992 elections). In 1993, John Smith's Labour party turned a deficit of eight points at the general to a Labour lead of eight points in the local elections. William Hague turned a Labour lead of 13 points to one of just six in 1998, while Iain Duncan Smith got a Tory lead of just one point - from a Labour lead of nine. In 2006, new Tory leader David Cameron turned a 3 point Labour lead to a 13 point Tory one. Ed Miliband - remember him? - got from a Tory lead of seven points to a two point Labour one. 

22:35: John McDonnell is setting out what would be a good night as far as the party leadership is concerned - any improvement on the 2015 defeat, when the party trailed by close to seven points. Corbyn's critics say he needs to make around 400 gains.

I've written about what would be good at length before, but here's an extract:

"Instead of worrying overmuch about numbers, worry about places. Although winning seats and taking control of councils is not a guarantee of winning control of the parliamentary seat – look at Harlow, Nuneaton, and Ipswich, all of which have Labour representation at a local level but send a Conservative MP to Westminster – good performances, both in terms of increasing votes and seats, are a positive sign. So look at how Labour does in its own marginals and in places that are Conservative at a Westminster level, rather than worrying about an exact figure either way."

22:31: Oh god, the BBC's election night music is starting. Getting trauma flashbacks to the general election. 

22:22: A few of you have been in touch about our exit poll. Most of you have been wondering about that one vote for George Galloway but the rest are wondering what happens - under the rules of the London mayoral race (and indeed the contests in Salford, Bristol and Liverpool), 2 votes would not be enough for Sadiq. (He needs 2.5). However, all the other candidates are tied - which makes it through to the second round. What happens then is the second preferences are used as a tie-break. Of the tied candidates, Sian Berry has the most second preferences so she goes through to face Sadiq Khan in the final round. Final round is as follows:

Sadiq Khan: 3

Sian Berry: 2

3 votes is above the quota so he is duly elected. An early omen? 

22:19: Burnham latest. A spokesperson for Andy Burnham says:

"Approaches have been made to Andy Burnham to give consideration to this role. It is early days and no decision as been taken. Whatever the decision, he will continue to serve the leader of the party and stay in the shadow cabinet."

22:17: Anyway, exit poll of the office. We've got:

Sadiq Khan: 2

George Galloway: 1

Caroline Pidgeon: 1

Sian Berry: 1

22:15: Update on Andy Burnham. He has been asked to consider running. More as we get it. 

22:13: People are asking if there's an exit poll tonight. Afraid not (you can't really do an exit poll in elections without national swing). But there is a YouGov poll from Wales and I am conducting an exit poll of the four remaining members of staff in the NS building. 

22:11: It's true! Andy Burnham is considering running for Greater Manchester mayor. Right, that's it, I'm quitting the liveblog. Nothing I say tonight can top that. 

22:09: Rumours that professional Scouser Andy Burnham is considering a bid for Greater Manchester mayor according to Sky News. Not sure if this is a) a typo for Merseyside or b) a rumour or c) honestly I don't know. More as I find out. 

22:06: Conservatives are feeling good about Trafford, one of the few councils they run in the North West.

22:03: Polls have closed. Turnout looks to be low in London. What that means is anyone's guess to be honest. There isn't really a particular benefit to Labour if turnout is high although that is a well-worn myth. In the capital in particular, turnout isn't quite as simple a zero-sum game as all that. Labour are buoyant, but so are the Tories. In Scotland, well, the only questions are whether or not the SNP will win every single first past the post seat or just the overwhelming majority. Both Labour and Tory sources are downplaying their chances of prevailing in the battle for second place at Holyrood, so make of that what you will. And in Wales, Labour look certain to lose seats but remain in power in some kind of coalition deal. 

22:00: Good evening. I'm your host, Stephen Bush, and I'll be with you throughout the night as results come in from throughout the country. The TV screens are on, I've just eaten, and now it's time to get cracking. 

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. He usually writes about politics.