Saturday 23 September 2017

Who's who in Theresa May's new Cabinet?

UK Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a speech as her husband, Philip May, watches outside number 10 Downing Street in London. Photo: Bloomberg
UK Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a speech as her husband, Philip May, watches outside number 10 Downing Street in London. Photo: Bloomberg
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Here is a list of who's who in Theresa May's new Cabinet:

:: Chancellor Philip Hammond

Chancellor Philip Hammond Picture: PA
Chancellor Philip Hammond Picture: PA

Former foreign secretary Mr Hammond remains as Chancellor of the Exchequer. He has previously served as transport secretary and defence secretary. The "reassuringly boring" choice, Mr Hammond, 61, studied philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford University and is believed to have a devout belief in economic stability and prudent public finances.

:: Home Secretary Amber Rudd

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd. Photo: PA
British Home Secretary Amber Rudd. Photo: PA

After suffering a nervous election night which saw her majority much reduced, Ms Rudd was given some comfort as she was confirmed as remaining in one of the Great Offices of State. She came to politics later in life than most, having worked as an investment banker, venture capitalist and financial journalist. The former secretary of state for the Department of Energy and Climate Change was a loud voice for Remain during the EU referendum. The 53-year-old appeared to support the new PM over her own junior minister, Andrea Leadsom, in the race for the Tory leadership.

:: Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson

Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson Picture: Eddie Keogh
Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson Picture: Eddie Keogh

Rumours abound he was again manoeuvring for a potential leadership bid, Mr Johnson keeps his brief amid his strenuous denials he is eyeing Mrs May's job. His political fortunes turned following the Prime Minister's decision to give him one of the most sought-after roles in the Cabinet last year. The 52-year-old former mayor of London's appointment could be seen as somewhat unexpected, having been prone to more than the odd gaffe overseas down the years.

:: Defence Secretary Michael Fallon

British defence secretary Michael Fallon. Photo: Reuters
British defence secretary Michael Fallon. Photo: Reuters

A loyal defender of Mrs May since the election result, he was previously tipped as a possible candidate for promotion but the Prime Minister appeared to give her seal of approval to his work in the past three years by keeping Mr Fallon, 65, in his current role.

:: Secretary of State for Brexit David Davis

Britain's Secretary of State for Brexit David Davis walks out of the Cabinet office, in Westminster, central London, Britain, June 9, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall
Britain's Secretary of State for Brexit David Davis walks out of the Cabinet office, in Westminster, central London, Britain, June 9, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall

He retains the role created in July 2016 and will stay front and centre in the looming negotiations for Britain's exit from the EU. The 68-year-old has previously published what he described as a "Brexit economic strategy for Britain". Mr Davis has served as Foreign Office minister and shadow home secretary.

:: First Secretary of State Damian Green

Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green arrives at Downing Street in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 11, 2017. See PA story POLITICS Reshuffle. Photo credit should read: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green arrives at Downing Street in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 11, 2017. See PA story POLITICS Reshuffle. Photo credit should read: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire

The former work and pensions secretary takes the title generally associated with the role of deputy prime minister. A long-standing ally of Mrs May, he will also take on the role of Minister for the Cabinet Office. He was minister for state for police and criminal justice until 2014. Mr Green, 61, graduated from Oxford and worked as a journalist before becoming an MP in 1997.

:: Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss

Justice Secretary Liz Truss arrives at Downing Street in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 11, 2017. See PA story POLITICS Reshuffle. Photo credit should read: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Justice Secretary Liz Truss arrives at Downing Street in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 11, 2017. See PA story POLITICS Reshuffle. Photo credit should read: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire

Demoted from her previous role as justice secretary after she was criticised over her failure to defend the judiciary from media attacks over the Article 50 decision. Ms Truss, who studied philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford University, worked as a management accountant before entering politics. The 41-year-old once described the political views of her parents as "to the left of Labour" and said her father was "horrified" when he discovered she had joined the Conservatives.

:: Business Secretary Greg Clark

Mr Clark retains the business portfolio. He follows Sajid Javid in the role which will see him manage strategy and policy across the business department. Mr Clark, 49, grew up in Middlesbrough and went on to study at Cambridge and the London School of Economics where he gained a PhD for a thesis on incentive payments. He has also held the post of universities secretary and financial secretary to the Treasury.

:: International Trade Secretary Liam Fox

Stays in post. He was forced to resign from his role as defence secretary in 2011 after allowing his friend and best man Adam Werritty to take on an unofficial and undeclared role as his adviser. In July last year, he was welcomed back into the ranks by Theresa May. Dr Fox, 54, ran in the Tory leadership contest but was quick to back Mrs May when he was eliminated in the first round.

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox arrives at Downing Street in London Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
International Trade Secretary Liam Fox arrives at Downing Street in London Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Chief Secretary to the Treasury David Gauke arrives at Downing Street in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 11, 2017. See PA story POLITICS Reshuffle. Photo credit should read: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Chief Secretary to the Treasury David Gauke arrives at Downing Street in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 11, 2017. See PA story POLITICS Reshuffle. Photo credit should read: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire

:: Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke

Replacing Mr Green at the Department for Work and Pensions, he leaves his previous role as chief secretary to the Treasury.

:: Justice Secretary- David Lidington

Leader of the House of Commons David Lidington arrives at Downing Street in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 11, 2017. See PA story POLITICS Reshuffle. Photo credit should read: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Leader of the House of Commons David Lidington arrives at Downing Street in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 11, 2017. See PA story POLITICS Reshuffle. Photo credit should read: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire

Cambridge graduate David Lidington, who has won University Challenge twice, is the new Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary.

:: Environment Secretary- Michael Gove

 

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

Downing Street said he had been appointed Environment Secretary replacing Andrea Leadsom who becomes the new Leader of the Commons.

The former justice secretary was sacked by Mrs May in one of her first acts as Prime Minister after he effectively scuppered the Tory leadership hopes of Boris Johnson - his fellow Vote Leave campaigner - by withdrawing his support and announcing his own candidacy.

:: Health Secretary - Jeremy Hunt

Jeremy Hunt, who has been reappointed as Health Secretary, leaves 10 Downing Street in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 11, 2017. See PA story POLITICS Reshuffle. Photo credit should read: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Jeremy Hunt, who has been reappointed as Health Secretary, leaves 10 Downing Street in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 11, 2017. See PA story POLITICS Reshuffle. Photo credit should read: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire

Despite being a figure of hate for some in the NHS, the Health Secretary has kept his job. Mr Hunt, 49, who has been heavily criticised for imposing a new contract for junior doctors, will remain in the role he has held for five years. He is a philosophy, politics and economics graduate of Oxford University and was elected as an MP in 2005. After the first reshuffle last July, Mr Hunt tweeted: "'Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated ...' Thrilled to be back in the best job in Government."

 

:: Communities Secretary - Sajid Javid

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid arrives at Downing Street in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 11, 2017. See PA story POLITICS Reshuffle. Photo credit should read: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Communities Secretary Sajid Javid arrives at Downing Street in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 11, 2017. See PA story POLITICS Reshuffle. Photo credit should read: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire

The former business secretary holds on to the role of Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Mr Javid, who held the culture secretary position before being appointed to the business role last year, is a former managing director of Deutsche Bank. The 47-year-old University of Exeter graduate stood on a "joint ticket" with Stephen Crabb for the leadership election, hoping to be chancellor if Mr Crabb had become PM.

 

:: International Development Secretary- Priti Patel

International Development Secretary Priti Patel arrives at Downing Street in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 11, 2017. See PA story POLITICS Reshuffle. Photo credit should read: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
International Development Secretary Priti Patel arrives at Downing Street in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 11, 2017. See PA story POLITICS Reshuffle. Photo credit should read: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire

 

Prominent Brexiteer Ms Patel was employment minister before taking on the international development role. The 45-year-old studied at Keele and Essex universities and began work in the Conservative Central Office in 1997. She also worked in consultancy before she became MP for Witham, Essex, in 2010.

:: Transport Secretary- Chris Grayling

Former leader of the House of Commons Chris Grayling remains Transport Secretary, following in the footsteps of Sir Patrick McLoughlin. Mr Grayling, 54, has been an MP since 2001 and has held several cabinet and shadow cabinet positions. The Brexiteer backed Theresa May's leadership bid. Mr Grayling is a Cambridge graduate and worked as a journalist before entering politics.

Karen Bradley, who has been reappointed as Culture Secretary, leaves 10 Downing Street in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 11, 2017. See PA story POLITICS Reshuffle. Photo credit should read: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Karen Bradley, who has been reappointed as Culture Secretary, leaves 10 Downing Street in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 11, 2017. See PA story POLITICS Reshuffle. Photo credit should read: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire

 

:: Education Secretary- Justine Greening

She was international development secretary before being given Nicky Morgan's old portfolio in Mrs May's first Cabinet. Yorkshire-born Ms Greening was state-educated and studied economics at Southampton University. She worked as an accountant and finance manager before winning the seat of Putney in the 2005 general election. In June, the 48-year-old revealed she was in a "happy same-sex relationship", and tweeted: "I campaigned for Stronger In but sometimes you're better off out!".

 

Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom arrives at Downing Street in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 11, 2017. See PA story POLITICS Reshuffle. Photo credit should read: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom arrives at Downing Street in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 11, 2017. See PA story POLITICS Reshuffle. Photo credit should read: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire

:: Culture Secretary- Karen Bradley

She was parliamentary under secretary of state in the Home Office from 2014 and now Mrs Bradley will continue to hold the culture portfolio. She oversees arts and culture, broadcasting and creative industries, amongst others. Mrs Bradley, 47, is a mathematics graduate of Imperial College London and went on to work as a tax manager.

 

She was parliamentary under secretary of state in the Home Office from 2014 and now Mrs Bradley will continue to hold the culture portfolio. She oversees arts and culture, broadcasting and creative industries, amongst others. Mrs Bradley, 47, is a mathematics graduate of Imperial College London and went on to work as a tax manager.

:: Leader of the Commons- Andrea Leadsom

 

:: Home Office Minister (attending Cabinet)- Brandon Lewis

 

:: Leader of the House of Lords- Baroness Evans

:: Conservative Party Chair- Sir Patrick McLoughlin

Sir Patrick McLoughlin continues as Conservative Party chairman despite speculation that he could pay the price for the party's dismal showing at the ballot box on Thursday.

:: Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns

 

He was appointed as Welsh Secretary just four months before the first of Mrs May's reshuffles so there is little surprise that Mr Cairns retains his position. The 45-year-old who was born in Swansea, is a graduate of the University of Wales, Newport, and was elected as MP for the Vale of Glamorgan in 2010. He worked in banking for a decade before his election to the Welsh Assembly.

Additional reporting from PA

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