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Philip Hammond to remain as Chancellor in Cabinet (non)reshuffle

Theresa May has also confirmed Brexiteers Boris Johnson and David Davis will remain in place - so long as she's in charge. 

By Julia Rampen

Philip Hammond, Amber Rudd, Boris Johnson, David Davis and Michael Fallon will keep their jobs in the new government, No 10 has confirmed.

Theresa May – for now still the Prime Minister – has confirmed they will remain in their Cabinet posts, ending speculation about a full-scale Cabinet reshuffle.

The move comes amid rumblings of discontent among Conservative MPs battered by a snap election designed to consolidate their numbers. Johnson, a would-be leader, is seen as a particular threat to May’s authority. 

Davis, on the other hand, has been widely blamed for the fiasco of calling a snap election. That he remains in place indicates May feels she needs her allies. 

The confirmation of Hammond as Chancellor does, however, put paid to pre-election speculation that he would be replaced by Rudd. 

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The No.10 news release added: “No further appointments will be made this evening.”

Confirmed posts in the new Cabinet:

Chancellor – Philip Hammond
Home secretary – Amber Rudd
Foreign secretary – Boris Johnson
Brexit secretary – David Davis
Defence secretary – Michael Fallon

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