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.
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