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Yet more ministerial appointments expected to be announced

Paul noted last week in his observations on the appointments just how long it had taken to produce the final list of government ministers.

But I have news: there are yet more appointments still to be announced.

I am now expecting the announcement of a minister for defence procurement from among the ranks of Conservative MPs, whilst a peer is thought to be in line to become minister for international trade.

These are of course in addition to the appointment of PPSs to Cabinet ministers (many of whom have started their duties but are yet to be officially announced) as well as the new raft of peers set to be ennobled through the dissolution honours, Gordon Brown's resignation honours and other appointments of working peers being made by the new Government.

Any news as soon as we have it.

Thursday update:

The MoD has confirmed that Peter Luff and Lord Astor of Hever have been appointed defence ministers.

Jonathan Isaby


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