Rotherham-born Justine Greening sacked in Cabinet reshuffle


Beyond the hardcore mutineers, the ranks of disgruntled Tories have swollen since this week's reshuffle, joined not only by the ministers who were sacked but by those backbenchers who believed their hour was at hand, only to be overlooked when the time came. "And if you can move them on after six months, all the better", the former minister said.

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There was little change among the top jobs.

As the new Cabinet meets on Tuesday for the first time, few faces are different as the "big four" of Chancellor Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Brexit Secretary David Davis all remain in place.

Jeremy Hunt had social care added to his Health Secretary brief, regardless of the crisis gripping the NHS in England under his leadership.

The figures are still lower than under David Cameron, who appointed a cabinet in 2010 in which 62 per cent of its members were privately educated, and 50 per cent in 2015.

Ms May's changes on Tuesday followed the chaos of Monday, which saw some top ministers refusing to move from posts and a resignation. It's understood he will undergo an operation to remove a lesion on his right lung.

Northern Ireland has been without a government for nearly a year now, and Brokenshire had been heavily involved in talks aimed at re-establishing the Stormont executive. Ireland's foreign affairs minister, Simon Coveney said: "His unwavering commitment - in public and in private - over the a year ago to securing the effective operation of the devolved power-sharing institutions in Belfast has been hugely important. I have had a very good run and I enjoyed it immensely".

"If it is, it will be a testament to the quiet, understated but hugely valuable work of James Brokenshire".

Ex-culture secretary Karen Bradley has been moved to the politically sensitive Northern Ireland role vacated by Mr Brokenshire.

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It's a key role both for Brexit and the stability of May's minority government as it will involve delicate negotiations over the Irish border and devolved government with the Democratic Unionist Party, whose lawmakers prop up the government after May lost her majority in June's vote.

David Mundell remains Secretary of State for Scotland, and Alun Cairns stays on as Secretary of State for Wales.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove, International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt, and International Trade Secretary Liam Fox all remain in the same jobs.

Greening's departure was the biggest upset of the reshuffle.

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Prime Minister Theresa May is under pressure from Tory MPs to make more of a shake-up as she allocates junior government posts today. I'll continue to do everything I can to create a country that has equality of opportunity for young people'.

Ms Greening, who could now become a backbench Brexit thorn in the Prime Minister's side, was succeeded as Education Secretary by Damian Hinds. Ben Bradley and Kemi Badenoch - who both entered Parliament past year - were made vice-chairs for youth and candidates respectively.

Mrs May handed whip jobs to a raft of female MPs last night.

Terminator provider BPAS said it was "incredibly disappointed" with the decision due to the MP's past opposition to the decriminalisation of abortion.

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