Monday 24 July 2017

May vows to work with 'talent' from across Tory party as Gove makes shock return

Michael Gove, who has been appointed Environment Secretary, leaves 10 Downing Street in London Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Michael Gove, who has been appointed Environment Secretary, leaves 10 Downing Street in London Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire

Gavin Cordon and Georgina Stubbs

Theresa May has pledged to work with "talent" from across the Conservative Party as she brought back former justice secretary Michael Gove in a shock return to the Government ranks.

Less than a year after sacking him, the Prime Minister said that Mr Gove would be the new Environment Secretary as she carried out a limited reshuffle of her top team.

The appointment will be seen as an attempt to shore up her position after last week's calamitous General Election result saw her Commons majority wiped out.

In other moves, she promoted Damian Green, one of her closest Cabinet allies, to First Minister of State - a title associated in the past with the role of deputy prime minister.

Read more: Who's who in Theresa May's new Cabinet?

But in what was being seen as a sign of her weakness nearly all the rest of the Cabinet remained in their current posts.

Speaking to reporters in No 10, Mrs May said: "What I've done today is seen people from across the party accepting the invitation to be in my Cabinet and crucially I have brought in talent from across the whole of the Conservative Party.

"I said during the election campaign that if re-elected I would intend to serve a full term. But what I'm doing now is actually getting on with the immediate job. But I think that's what's important, I think that's what the public would expect."

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