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Junior Ministerial reshuffle rolling blog

On this blog we'll be bringing you all of the latest news from the reshuffle which is now underway...

8.45pm Some final bits of news. 

Firstly, the Lib Dems have apparently negotiated a place in the Wales Office, so presumably a Welsh Lib Dem appointment will be announced in due course. 

Secondly, Sam Gyimah has been appointed David Cameron's PPS, replacing Desmond Swayne.

Finally, below is a list of outgoing Ministers awarded honours:

  • Rt Hon James Paice MP (knighthood)
  • Edward Garnier QC MP (knighthood)
  • Nick Harvey MP (knighthood)
  • Gerald Howarth MP (knighthood)
  • Rt Hon Sir George Young Bt MP (appointed to the Order of the Companions of Honour)

8.30pm: Downing Street has confirmed the full list of Ministers who have "resigned" from government:

  1. Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP (DEFRA)
  2. Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan MP (Wales)
  3. Rt Hon Sir George Young Bt MP (Leader of the House)
  4. Rt Hon Lord Howell of Guildford (FCO)
  5. Rt Hon Nick Herbert MP (Home Office)
  6. Rt Hon James Paice MP (DEFRA)
  7. Paul Burstow MP (Health)
  8. Nick Gibb MP (Education)
  9. Nick Harvey MP (Defence)
  10. Charles Hendry MP (DECC)
  11. Lord Henley (Home Office)
  12. Henry Bellingham MP (FCO)
  13. Crispin Blunt MP (Justice)
  14. Jonathan Djanogly MP (Justice)
  15. Gerald Howarth MP (Defence)
  16. Tim Loughton MP (Education)
  17. Peter Luff MP (Defence)
  18. Bob Neill MP (DCLG)
  19. Stephen O’Brien MP (DfID)
  20. John Penrose MP (DCMS)
  21. Andrew Stunell OBE MP (DCMS)
  22. Sarah Teather MP (Education)
  23. Baroness Wilcox (BIS)
  24. Edward Garnier QC MP (Solicitor General)
  25. James Duddridge MP (Whip)
  26. Michael Fabricant MP (Whip)
  27. Brooks Newmark MP (Whip)
  28. Angela Watkinson MP (Whip)
  29. Bill Wiggin MP (Whip)

Wednesday 9.45am: Two new Whips have been appointed:
  • Rt Hon Greg Knight MP as Vice Chamberlain of Her Majesty's Household
  • Rt Hon Desmond Swayne MP as Senior Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury

Swayne was previously the PPS to David Cameron (and IDS and Howard), and sent round regular "Comrades..." emails to colleagues. The transition to being a Whip probably won't be terribly hard. Greg Knight was the Deputy Chief Whip under John Major. 

9.30pm An update on Lib Dem news:

7.45pm The latest batch of Ministerial appointments has been announced by Downing Street:

  • John Hayes MP as Minister of State at the Department for Energy and Climate Change
  • Norman Lamb MP as Minister of State at the Department of Health
  • David Heath MP as Minister of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Hugo Swire MP as Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Jeremy Browne MP as Minister of State at the Home Office
  • Daniel Poulter MP as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Health
  • Jeremy Wright MP as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice
  • Chloe Smith MP as Parliamentary Secretary at the Cabinet Office
  • Stephen Hammond MP as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport
  • Sajid Javid MP as Economic Secretary to the Treasury, HM Treasury
  • Matthew Hancock MP as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State jointly at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Education
  • Philip Dunne MP as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence

A few points. Firstly, Jeremy Browne is a small-state Liberal who believes in free markets and low taxes. However, his appointment to a Home Office post is clearly not going to focus on the size of state, and will focus more on security and crime issues - he will be less sound on those subjects.

Secondly, John Hayes was doing good work overseeing the Government's apprenticeships programme - his move to DECC could be seen as a demotion. This requires some explanation. Thirdly, Philip Dunne, Stephen Hammond, and Jeremy Wright are 2005 intake members - who have been noticeably absent from appointments so far. Finally, Daniel Poulter is another 2010 intake rising star. 

6.30pm Two appointments:

  • Sajid Javid has been appointed the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, replacing Chloe Smith. A very bright prospect, and a very good appointment. Another 2010 intake star
  • Nick Boles, a famously modernising 2010 MP, has joined DCLG as the Minister for Planning, replacing Greg Clark.

6.15pm Another shuffle: James Forsyth reports Chloe Smith, currently at the Treasury will move to the Cabinet Office under Francis Maude. Meanwhile, more details from Number 10 on the Paul Deighton appointment:

"He will take up his post as Commercial Secretary to the Treasury at the start of next year, once he has completed his responsibilities with the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Mr Deighton will be a Minister in the House of Lords and report to the Chancellor of the Exchequer as a Treasury Minister. His position will be unpaid. He will have responsibility for implementation of the 30-year National Infrastructure Plan published in 2010... In doing this he is being tasked with removing any unnecessary blockages that are holding back projects from happening."

6pm Three more female 2010 intake MPs:

  • Helen Grant MP as joint Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice and for Women's and Equality Issues
  • Anna Soubry MP as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health
  • Esther McVey MP as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions

And other appointments: Bob Neill leaves DCLG to return to the backbenches, Matthew Hancock, who is very close to the Treasury, heads to BIS - along with Michael Fallon, to keep an eye on Vince Cable, and Lib Dem David Heath moves to DEFRA to keep an eye on Owen Paterson

5.30pm: Encouraging news for the 2010 intake - James Forsyth of the Spectator tweets that Liz Truss has been appointed the Minister with responsibility for early years education. Education is her strong suit, so this seems an ideal appointment. An interesting question to be asked after the reshuffle: how active will the Free Enterprise Group be if several of its key members are tied down in ministerial roles? Her appointment is a mini-victory for ConHome's post on 10 MPs to watch from the 2010 intake.

5.15pm: Three bits of news. Firstly, reports suggest Greg Clark, currently at DCLG, will be made the "City Minister" at the Treasury, and a "surprise name" will replace him. Secondly, in a coup for Cameron, Paul Deighton, an investment banker and chief executive of the successful London Organising Committee of the Games will be given a peerage and join the Treasury team as "Minister for Economic Delivery". Finally, Tim Loughton announced his return to the backbenches on Twitter a short while ago:

4.30pm: A quick roundup of more Ministerial changes, confirmed by Downing Street:

  • Mark Prisk MP as Minister for Housing in the Department for Communities and Local Government
  • Damian Green MP as joint Minister for the Home Office and Ministry of Justice
  • Simon Burns MP as Minister of State for Transport
  • Mark Hoban MP as Minister of State for Work and Pensions
  • Mark Harper MP as Immigration Minister, at the Home Office
  • Mike Penning MP as Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office
  • Andrew Robathan MP as Minister of State for the Armed Forces at the Ministry of Defence
  • Michael Fallon MP as Minister of State at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and a Member of the Privy Council
  • David Laws MP as joint Minister of State at the Department for Education and the Cabinet Office

Gerald Howarth has been removed as a Defence Minister, Mark Hoban replaces Chris Grayling at DWP, and Mike Fabricant has resigned as a Whip, according to his own Twitter page. Perhaps also worth noting Mike Penning, moved to Northern Ireland, served in the province as a Grenadier Guardsman. Finally, Mark Hoban's move to DWP opens up a vacancy at the Treasury by my reckoning... 

4.15pm: Nick Harvey, the Lib Dem Defence Minister, is to stand down from his post. He will be reportedly replaced by a Tory Minister - in exchange for an extra Lib Dem Minister at DEFRA. Is this the first sign of Lib Dems counter-acting Tory appointments by trying to neuter Owen Paterson?

4pm: The Herbert resignation is a loss - he is a good communicator for the Government. He has just tweeted:

3.45pm: The first few reports of appointments are coming through...

  • Michael Fallon is moving to BIS as the senior Tory - serving under Vince Cable.
  • Nick Herbert, the policing Minister has left government.
  • Mark Harper, Nick Clegg's Tory deputy on constitutional affairs, has moved to Immigration...
  • ...which allows Damian Green to move to policing.


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