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Reshuffle: Who will be in David Cameron's new all-Conservative cabinet?

David Cameron has re-appointed some key figures, and reached out to his backbenchers, in forming the new Conservative majority government.

Tory government appointments so far...

George Osborne stays Chancellor and also appointed First Secretary of State.
Theresa May reappointed Home Secretary.
Philip Hammond remains as Foreign Secretary.
Michael Fallon reappointed Defence Secretary.
Michael Gove reshuffled from Chief Whip to Justice Secretary.
Chris Grayling reshuffled from Justice Secretary to Leader of the Commons.
Nicky Morgan stays as Education Secretary.
Mark Harper will be appointed Chief Whip.
Iain Duncan Smith remains Work and Pensions Secretary.
Baroness Stowell promoted to a full cabinet role as Leader of the House of Lords.
Amber Rudd promoted in the department from Climate Change Minister to Energy Secretary.
Boris Johnson will be Minister Without Portfolio.
Priti Patel moved from Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury to Employment Minister at the DWP (which will be a cabinet role).
John Whittingdale promoted from chair of the culture select committee to Culture Secretary.
Sajid Javid reshuffled from Culture Secretary to Business Secretary.
David Gauke moved from Financial Secretary to the Treasury to Pensions Minister.
Robert Halfon, formerly George Osborne's PPS, will be the party's Deputy Chairman.
Alistair Burt, reshuffled out of the Foreign Office in 2013, will become Health Minister.
Penny Mordaunt promoted to Defence Minister.
Mark Francois appointed to Communities and Local Government Minister.
Edward Timpson will become Minister for Children and Families.
Teresa Villiers remains as Northern Ireland Secretary.
Anna Soubry reshuffled from MoD to Minister for Small Business (attending cabinet).
Jeremy Hunt remains Health Secretary.
Greg Clark will be Communities and Local Government Secretary.
Liz Truss will remain Environment Secretary.
Patrick McLoughlin stays Transport Secretary.
Oliver Letwin will become a full member of Cabinet and will be in overall charge of the Cabinet Office.
Stephen Crabb continues as Welsh Secretary.
David Mundell promoted to Scottish Secretary.
Matt Hancock becomes Cabinet Office Minister (he will attend cabinet).
Ros Altman appointed Pensions Minister.
John Hayes assigned Security Minister at the Home Office.
Jo Johnson is Universities and Science Minister.
Philip Dunne promoted to Minister for Defence Procurement.
Nick Boles stays Skills Minister at BIS.
George Eustice appointed DEFRA Minister.


David Cameron has appointed existing top ministers to their positions in his new cabinet, with a few new faces.

After winning a majority of 12 (with 331 seats overall), the Prime Minister can now have an all-Conservative cabinet, with those pesky Lib Dems out of the way.

So, with such freedom and power, has he executed a drastic reshuffle? Not really.

'Steady as she goes' was essentially the Tory campaign message, and it has extended into the make-up of Cameron's next executive. He has re-appointed Theresa May as Home Secretary, George Osborne as Chancellor, Philip Hammond as Foreign Secretary, Michael Fallon as Defence Secretary, Nicky Morgan as Education Secretary, and Iain Duncan Smith as Work and Pensions Secretary. Osborne has also been made First Secretary of State, which effectively makes him Cameron's deputy.

Cameron has made a few more appointments, but they're still mainly familiar faces. Michael Gove will become Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling will move to Leader of the House of Commons, and Mark Harper (former Immigration Minister) will be appointed Chief Whip. Boris Johnson, while he's still Mayor of London, will have a non-departmental, roving role as Minister without Portfolio.

While the legal community will be relieved to see Grayling shuffled out of the MoJ, Gove may not inspire them with much confidence. His drastic education reforms angered almost the entire British education establishment, and it's likely he will be just as ruthless with penal reform. He will preside over the Tories' policy of a British Bill of Rights to replace the Human Rights Act, a subject he has encountered as Education Secretary when dealing with the thorny issue of religion in schools.

If this sounds more like a shuffle then a reshuffle to you, watch out for new appointments over this week. The chairman of the influential backbench 1922 Committee, Graham Brady, has revealed that the PM has made a "very open offer" to his backbenchers to give them a role in policy-making.

If we're, as I believe we are, getting a very open offer from the party leadership to seek to involve us in decision making and policy making then I'm sure colleagues will rise to that and try to respond in a constructive way . . . 

I hope that there will be a much wider conversation and starting much earlier in the policy development process, so that we ought to be able to anticipate problems and difficulties and work together to make sure that we can be as harmonious as possible in the obviously quite difficult confines of a very small parliamentary majority.

With such a slim majority, Cameron will have to be very careful to keep his backbenchers on side, particularly the right-wingers who caused such havoc for the government last parliament. I expect there will be some sort of symbolic cabinet appointment to reflect this.

Anoosh Chakelian is senior writer at the New Statesman.

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Who will win in Manchester Gorton?

Will Labour lose in Manchester Gorton?

The death of Gerald Kaufman will trigger a by-election in his Manchester Gorton seat, which has been Labour-held since 1935.

Coming so soon after the disappointing results in Copeland – where the seat was lost to the Tories – and Stoke – where the party lost vote share – some overly excitable commentators are talking up the possibility of an upset in the Manchester seat.

But Gorton is very different to Stoke-on-Trent and to Copeland. The Labour lead is 56 points, compared to 16.5 points in Stoke-on-Trent and 6.5 points in Copeland. (As I’ve written before and will doubtless write again, it’s much more instructive to talk about vote share rather than vote numbers in British elections. Most of the country tends to vote in the same way even if they vote at different volumes.)

That 47 per cent of the seat's residents come from a non-white background and that the Labour party holds every council seat in the constituency only adds to the party's strong position here. 

But that doesn’t mean that there is no interest to be had in the contest at all. That the seat voted heavily to remain in the European Union – around 65 per cent according to Chris Hanretty’s estimates – will provide a glimmer of hope to the Liberal Democrats that they can finish a strong second, as they did consistently from 1992 to 2010, before slumping to fifth in 2015.

How they do in second place will inform how jittery Labour MPs with smaller majorities and a history of Liberal Democrat activity are about Labour’s embrace of Brexit.

They also have a narrow chance of becoming competitive should Labour’s selection turn acrimonious. The seat has been in special measures since 2004, which means the selection will be run by the party’s national executive committee, though several local candidates are tipped to run, with Afzal Khan,  a local MEP, and Julie Reid, a local councillor, both expected to run for the vacant seats.

It’s highly unlikely but if the selection occurs in a way that irritates the local party or provokes serious local in-fighting, you can just about see how the Liberal Democrats give everyone a surprise. But it’s about as likely as the United States men landing on Mars any time soon – plausible, but far-fetched. 

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. His daily briefing, Morning Call, provides a quick and essential guide to British politics.