As it happened: David Cameron's Cabinet reshuffle

Key Points

  • David Cameron is reshuffling his cabinet and junior ministerial team
  • Andrew Lansley, Ken Clarke and Justine Greening all moved to lower profile roles
  • Baroness Warsi leaving role as Tory Party co-chairman, Grant Shapps replaces her
  • Andrew Mitchell is Chief Whip, Patrick McLoughlin takes over at Transport
  • Cheryl Gillan replaced as Welsh Secretary by David Jones
  • Iain Duncan Smith stays as welfare chief after rejecting move to justice job

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  1.  
    0831:

    Welcome to our live coverage of David Cameron's first major reshuffle since the coalition came to power in 2010. We'll be keeping you up to date with all the news of who's up and who's down as rumours and speculation swirl around Westminster.

     
  2.  
    0833:

    Cheryl Gillan has confirmed she is to be replaced as Welsh secretary.

     
  3.  
    0835:

    Ms Gillan said on Twitter it had been a privilege to serve in the cabinet. There is pressure from Conservatives in Wales for her successor to be an MP with a Welsh seat. Possible contenders include Wales Office minister David Jones and Stephen Crabb, a whip.

     
  4.  
    0838:

    Last night we heard that Andrew Mitchell was to leave International Development and move to be the new Chief Whip. He replaces Patrick McLaughlin, who will get a new job in government - as yet unknown.

     
  5.  
    0840: Nick Robinson Political editor

    The former Justice Secretary, Ken Clarke will be minister without portfolio based in the Cabinet Office where, I'm told, he will act as government's "wise head" offering advice to the prime minister.

     
  6.  
    0843:

    Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has been out for his morning run. When asked by reporters what job he would be in this evening he said: "No news I'm afraid."

     
  7.  
    0845: Nick Robinson Political editor

    The big winners - those promoted because, it is claimed, they will be better administrators or better communicators than those they replace - will march up Downing Street in front of the cameras to hear their good news.

     
  8.  
    0848:

    We've got a new blog from BBC Political Editor Nick Robinson with his reshuffle tips.

     
  9.  
    0851: Nick Robinson Political editor

    Last night David Cameron met with some of those ministers who he is asking to move. Among them the now former Conservative Party Chairman, Baroness Warsi and former Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman.

     
  10.  
    0854:

    BBC's Norman Smith: Michael Fallon into No 10. Poss new party chairman. Smiles when asked

     
  11.  
    0858:

    Sheila Gunn, who advised former Conservative Prime Minister John Major, tells the BBC she's backing Margot James - MP for Stourbridge since 2010 - for promotion. She thinks Ms James could go straight in as a middle-ranking minister.

     
  12.  
    0900:

    Liberal Democrat David Laws - who quit as chief secretary to the Treasury after questions over his expenses - is widely tipped to return to the government.

     
  13.  
    0904:

    Political Editor of the Evening Standard, Joe Murphy: I just caught David Cameron & Ed Llewellyn slipping into Commons. I asked how it was going & DC replied, testily, "Good morning"....What this means is that the PM has more bad news to deliver to ministers in the privacy of his Commons office this morning.

     
  14.  
    0908:

    Political Editor of The Sun Tom Newton Dunn: Clegg wants to give lots of Lib MPs "a go at being a minister" as may be their only ever chance, says senior party source.

     
  15.  
    0913:

    The Telegraph's Nadia Khomami: Tory MPs are apparently referring to new Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell as 'Christian Grey'. Disturbing. #50shadesofreshuffle

     
  16.  
    0916:

    Kevin Maguire of the Daily Mirror tells the BBC without changes to the top cabinet posts and changes to policy, the reshuffle won't have much impact on people's lives. He says: "I can't see people tonight popping down the pub and saying 'oooh, did you hear who got Environment?'"

     
  17.  
    0920:

    There's some Twitter speculation that Clwyd West MP and Welsh Office Minister David Jones could be the new Welsh Secretary, but this has not been confirmed.

     
  18.  
    0925:

    BBC's Norman Smith: Clearing away old Cabinet debris. Rubbish man busy outside No 10 http://yfrog.com/oeot5moj

     
  19.  
    0929:

    Former Labour Home Secretary David Blunkett tells BBC Radio Five Live that Chancellor George Osborne should be moved: "If in particular the person who's taking the real rap isn't going to be moved, then the reshuffle is a bit like moving not so much the deck chairs on the Titanic as just moving some of the ropes about."

     
  20.  
    0934:

    Downing Street has said the new cabinet will not meet today. The prime minister is believed to be continuing discussions with MPs in his Commons office.

     
  21.  
    0936:

    Nick Clegg is caught by cameras outside his house. He says the reshuffle is all about boosting economic growth.

     
  22.  
    0937: Breaking News

    Number 10 advises that Education Secretary Michael Gove and Welfare Secretary Iain Duncan Smith will continue in their current posts. The prime minister wants "strong reformers" to continue their work.

     
  23.  
    0941:

    The Spectator's Fraser Nelson tells the BBC that with Michael Gove, Iain Duncan Smith and George Osborne staying in place, the three most important jobs in this government aren't being changed at all. "David Cameron doesn't think his government is that badly broken, it just needs a massage," he says.

     
  24.  
    0945:

    Lib Dem MP David Ward tells BBC News there are "problems" with bringing David Laws back to government. Mr Laws left the government in 2010 after claiming expenses to pay rent to his long-term partner, which is banned under Parliamentary rules.

     
  25.  
    0949:

    There are some concerns the new Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell might not possess the charm needed for his new role. Fraser Nelson says Mr Mitchell's nickname at school was "thrasher" but he believes he is a "reformed" character now.

     
  26.  
    0952:

    Patrick McLoughlin, who is being replaced as Chief Whip, is being touted as a possible replacement for Transport Secretary Justine Greening, but nothing confirmed yet.

     
  27.  
    0956:

    BBC Political Editor Nick Robinson: So, Iain Duncan Smith stays put. He was expecting a move. Delicate choice for Justice now - Grayling would cheer Tories but appall Libs

     
  28.  
    0959:

    Frances Crook, Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, praises outgoing Justice Secretary Ken Clarke as "a breath of fresh air" in the post. "He has started to shift the balance towards community sentences that change lives and reduce crime and away from the old cliché of 'prison works'. These policies will save money and save lives," she says.

     
  29.  
    1002:

    Paul Waugh Editor of PoliticsHome: Cam back in No.10. Looks like the butchery bit is over. Now he can make the 'good news' calls...

     
  30.  
    1006:

    The BBC's Norman Smith suggests David Cameron may have been having "tough conversations" with Health Secretary Andrew Lansley and Transport Secretary Justine Greening in his Commons office.

     
  31.  
    1008:

    Here's a little roundup of current rumours circulating among news outlets and commentators - nothing confirmed yet: Chris Grayling is tipped to become Justice Secretary; Iain Duncan Smith was offered the position but turned it down to remain at Work and Pensions; Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Transport Secretary Justine Greening will move from their roles but are not necessarily leaving the government.

     
  32.  
    1009:

    And another rumour: Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman is expected to be a reshuffle casualty and be ousted from the cabinet.

     
  33.  
    1015:

    New government Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell seen walking into Number 10. He greeted reporters but did not comment when asked if he was pleased with his new job.

     
  34.  
    1018:

    After excited speculation last week that former England cricket captain Andrew Strauss could be the Tory candidate at the forthcoming Corby by-election (he didn't put himself forward in the end), former Political Editor of The Sun George Pascoe Watson asks: "Andrew Strauss for sports minister in the Lords, anyone?"

     
  35.  
    1020:

    Transport minister Theresa Villiers is seen going into Number 10. The BBC's Norman Smith says that MPs expecting promotion would be seen walking up Downing Street, so she could be in line for a new job.

     
  36.  
    1023:

    Welfare minister Chris Grayling walks into Number 10 but makes no comment on unconfirmed reports that he might be promoted - perhaps to Justice Secretary.

     
  37.  
    1027:

    Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan writes on the Daily Telegraph website: "Westminster professionals get tremendously worked up about reshuffles. 'Have you heard? Boodle and Coodle are being promoted, Doodle has got Foodle's job, and Hoodle has been dropped altogether!' The rest of the country is left unmoved... Long experience has taught them that ministers make little impact on their departments."

     
  38.  
    1029:

    Edward Garnier has confirmed that he has been sacked as Solicitor General. No news yet on his replacement.

     
  39.  
    1031: Breaking News

    BBC Deputy Political Editor James Landale says Andrew Lansley will be moving from Health Secretary to Leader of the House of Commons.

     
  40.  
    1033: Breaking News

    Former transport minister Theresa Villiers to be the new Northern Ireland Secretary.

     
  41.  
    1035:

    The BBC's Norman Smith notes that a number of women have been casualties in the reshuffle, including Cheryl Gillan and Caroline Spelman. He suggests David Cameron will need to promote some women to the cabinet - Theresa Villiers' new cabinet role should help with that.

     
  42.  
    1038:

    No news yet on the fate of Owen Paterson, who has lost his job as Northern Ireland Secretary or Sir George Young, who is being replaced as Leader of the House.

     
  43.  
    1040: The Spectator's Fraser Nelson

    tweets: Why move Andrew Lansley from health now? A good decision, but four years too late.

     
  44.  
    1043: Denis MacShane MP

    tweets: Sir G Young told me y'day he was out. He had friends everywhere and made him vy effective House leader. Can't work out if Lansley can do it.

     
  45.  
    1045:

    Edward Garnier, sacked as Solicitor General, tells the BBC the PM is "refreshing" his administration. He believes Conservative MP's "are up for these changes" and back the reshuffle.

     
  46.  
    1047: Breaking News

    Former employment minister Chris Grayling is appointed as Justice Secretary.

     
  47.  
    1049:

    Justine Greening seen going into Downing Street. The BBC's Norman Smith says this suggests she is moving from the post of Transport Secretary.

     
  48.  
    1052:

    Press Association reports that David Laws is to return to government, with sources suggesting he is in line to replace fellow Lib Dem Sarah Teather as an education minister.

     
  49.  
    1054: Health Service Journal's Alastair McLellan

    tweets: Telegraph reporting 'Rumours that Jeremy Hunt could go to Health in place of Andrew Lansley.'

     
  50.  
    1058:

    We've had quite a few changes announced so far. Here's a summary of who we know has got a new job: Chris Grayling new Justice Secretary, from employment minister; Andrew Lansley new Leader of the House of Commons, from Health Secretary; Theresa Villiers new Northern Ireland Secretary, from Transport minister; Andrew Mitchell new Chief Whip, from International Development Secretary; Ken Clarke new minister without portfolio, from Justice Secretary.

     
  51.  
    1101:

    And here's who is staying put: Michael Gove will keep his job as Education Secretary and Iain Duncan Smith will stay at Work and Pensions.

     
  52.  
    1103:

    Ministers we know are on the move include Justine Greening, Jeremy Hunt, Owen Paterson and Patrick McLoughlin.

     
  53.  
    1104: Nick Robinson Political editor

    tweets: Key tests of #reshuffle - will new Health sec sell or alter NHS reforms? Will new Justice Sec harden or maintain prison policy?

     
  54.  
    1106: Breaking News

    Jeremy Hunt to be the new Health Secretary.

     
  55.  
    1107:

    Mr Hunt tells the BBC his new role is "the biggest privilege of my life" and he is looking forward to getting on with the job.

     
  56.  
    1110:

    Ken Clarke has denied that his move from Justice Secretary to minister without portfolio is a humiliation. The 72-year-old told reporters: "Being offered a job in the Cabinet at my age? Don't be so daft. It's rather a privilege, I think."

     
  57.  
    1113:

    Mr Clarke says he is "pleasantly surprised" at being asked to remain in the cabinet. "At my age you sometimes have to step down from big departmental roles," he said.

     
  58.  
    1117:

    BBC Political Editor Nick Robinson says Welfare Secretary Iain Duncan Smith was offered a move to Justice Secretary yesterday. He thought about it overnight but said 'thanks, but no thanks' to the PM this morning.

     
  59.  
    1120:

    Conservative MP and coalition critic Peter Bone says he is "absolutely delighted" by the reshuffle as he "wanted to see Ken Clarke go". He adds he would ideally like to see all the Lib Dem ministers sacked and replaced with Tories.

     
  60.  
    1121:

    The Press Association reports that Owen Paterson is heading for the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. He has been replaced as Northern Ireland Secretary by Theresa Villiers.

     
  61.  
    1123: Tim Montgomerie, ConservativeHome

    tweets: Delighted for Grayling and Villiers. Mainstream Conservatism much strengthened by their elevation.

     
  62.  
    1124:

    Welfare minister Maria Miller has just gone into Number 10. She's been tipped for promotion.

     
  63.  
    1126:

    Simon Woolley of Operation Black Vote tells the BBC that Baroness Warsi's "demotion" from the role of Tory co-chairman is "concerning". He says: "Tackling the baggage towards women and towards minorities is always there."

     
  64.  
    1128: Elizabeth Hardman, Spectator Coffee House

    tweets: Good luck to Jeremy Hunt at Health. A poisoned chalice if ever there was one.

     
  65.  
    1131: John Mann MP

    tweets: Tory backbenchers this morning gleeful at Osborne's humiliation #reshuffle

     
  66.  
    1134:

    Neil Prothero of the Economist Intelligence Unit comments: "Ever since the coalition was formed Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg have always been more committed to its survival than the political parties they lead. After two years of economic stagnation, it is not at all clear that either party shares the inclination or appetite for compromise as their respective leader. A mid-term reshuffle isn't going to resolve those tensions."

     
  67.  
    1135:

    BBC Northern Ireland's Mark Devenport says former NI Secretary Owen Paterson is expected to take over as Environment Secretary.

     
  68.  
    1137: Breaking News

    Patrick McLoughlin, former Chief Whip, will replace Justine Greening as Transport Secretary.

     
  69.  
    1138:

    The BBC's Norman Smith confirms Justine Greening is still inside Number 10, as is Maria Miller.

     
  70.  
    1142:
    Ken Clarke Here's Ken Clarke pictured earlier outside his house telling reporters he was "pleasantly surprised" to still have a cabinet role.
     
  71.  
    1146:

    We've had lots of news of ministers moving around, but here are some of the key figures who are staying put: George Osborne remains as Chancellor with Danny Alexander continuing as Chief Secretary to the Treasury; Theresa May stays as Home Secretary; William Hague remains as Foreign Secretary; Michael Gove stays at Education; and Iain Duncan Smith is not moving from his role as Work and Pensions Secretary.

     
  72.  
    1149:

    Some more ministers who so far look like they could be remaining in their posts: Philip Hammond as Defence Secretary; Vince Cable as Business Secretary; Michael Moore as Scotland Secretary; Eric Pickles at Communities and Local Government; and Ed Davey at Energy and Climate Change.

     
  73.  
    1151:
    Theresa Villiers A cheerful looking Theresa Villiers on her way into Donwning Street to hear news of her promotion.
     
  74.  
    1153: BBC's Norman Smith

    tweets: Grant Schapps in to No 10. Poss new party chairman.

     
  75.  
    1156:

    Conservative MP Brian Binley tells BBC News he is looking for signs that a "rethink" has taken place as well as a reshuffle. He is pleased that Ken Clarke could have a say on the economy and that Chris Grayling is taking over as Justice Secretary.

     
  76.  
    1158: Nicholas Watt, The Guardian

    tweets: Baroness Warsi to be senior minister of state at foreign office attending cabinet. Also: minister for faith and communities.

     
  77.  
    1202:

    Chris Grayling may be the new Justice Secretary but he has not quite left his old job as employment minister yet. He is to respond for the government in a parliamentary debate on the performance of the private firm Atos Healthcare and the work capability assessment, a little after midday.

     
  78.  
    1203:

    Justine Greening is appointed as the new International Development Secretary.

     
  79.  
    1205:

    Maria Miller is the new Culture Secretary. She will also take over the women and equalities portfolio, which was held by Lib Dem Lynne Featherstone at the Home Office.

     
  80.  
    1207:

    It looks like we'll have news of the new Welsh Secretary soon.

     
  81.  
    1209:

    The BBC's Norman Smith says that Grant Shapps is the only minister left in Downing Street receiving news of his fate. This could mean he will become the new Conservative Party chairman.

     
  82.  
    1216:

    David Jones is confirmed as the new Welsh Secretary. Maria Miller is the new Culture Secretary and Justine Greening is the new International Development Secretary. Oliver Heald will be the new Solicitor General.

     
  83.  
    1220: Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, Jim Murphy

    tweets: Only 1 Tory MP at 5-a-side football this morning, the rest at home in the belief that staring at their phone would make it ring. #reshuffle

     
  84.  
    1222:

    The British Medical Association has responded to news of Jeremy Hunt's new job: "The appointment of a new Health Secretary provides a fresh opportunity for doctors and government to work together to improve patient care and deal with the many challenges facing the NHS."

     
  85.  
    1224:

    Former Tory MP Matthew Parris says that David Cameron is not rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic but on "a rather leisurely cruise around the Mediterranean".

     
  86.  
    1226:

    Grant Shapps is confirmed as the new Conservative Party co-chairman. He will attend cabinet as a minister without portfolio.

     
  87.  
    1228: The Times political editor, Roland Watson

    tweets: No 10 invent new job and title for Baroness Warsi. SENIOR minister of state at foreign office, attending Cabinet #reshuffle

     
  88.  
    1230:

    Andy Atkins of Friends of the Earth claims that Justine Greening has been "shunted out of her transport job because of her opposition to a third runway at Heathrow".

     
  89.  
    1235:
    Jeremy Hunt, on his way into No 10 to learn his fate Jeremy Hunt, on his way into No 10 to learn his fate.
     
  90.  
    1238: Allegra Stratton, BBC Newsnight

    tweets: Strong indication that Tories Esther McVey, Helen Grant and Anna Soubry in line for job in gvt. Current aim is to get next gen in govt...

     
  91.  
    1240:

    So far, it looks like Lord Strathclyde is set to continue as the government's leader in the Lords, Dominic Grieve as Attorney General and David Willetts as Universities Minister.

     
  92.  
    1241:

    The BBC's Norman Smith says the reshuffle has "not been a big blockbuster, blood-on-the-wall shake up".

     
  93.  
    1245:

    Harry Fletcher of the probation workers' union Napo tells BBC News that new Justice Secretary Chris Grayling risks confrontation with the Lib Dems if he pushes ahead with privatisation in the probation service.

     
  94.  
    1246:

    The official @ToryChairman twitter feed has just been updated as Baroness Warsi signs off, saying it had been "a privilege and an honour to serve my party" and new boy Grant Shapps tweets: Delighted to have been appointed @torychairman - looking forward to working with the team at CCHQ.

     
  95.  
    1248:

    London Mayor Boris Johnson has hit out at the removal of Justine Greening as Transport Secretary, saying it meant the government was intent on the "simply mad" policy of a new runway at Heathrow. He vowed to fight any such expansion "all the way".

     
  96.  
    1250: Nicholas Watt, The Guardian

    tweets: Such fun on #reshuffle day. One minister darted out of sight into corner when departing secretary of state passed by.

     
  97.  
    1256:

    BBC Wales political editor Betsan Powys writes on her blog that, perhaps surprisingly, the new Welsh Secretary is the first Jones in the job.

     
  98.  
    1259:

    Lib Dem MP Andrew George says his party is "reassured" that Ken Clarke is remaining in the cabinet. He says Andrew Lansley has left a "catastrophe" at the Department of Health and he hopes Jeremy Hunt will be a "new broom".

     
  99.  
    1302:

    Speaking to BBC News, Home Secretary Theresa May refuses to be drawn on whether she would prefer to work with new Justice Secretary Chris Grayling compared to his predecessor Ken Clarke. She said she expects Mr Clarke to remain "significant voice" at the cabinet table.

     
  100.  
    1304: AA President, Edmund King

    tweets: Welcome Patrick McLoughlin as Secretary of State for Transport but shame that transport is yet again the political football.

     
  101.  
    1308:

    On her website, Culture Secretary Maria Miller says she is "delighted" with her new job and is "very much looking forward to tackling the many challenges that the role will bring".

     
  102.  
    1311:

    BBC political correspondent Paul Rowley reports that former Labour minister Margaret Hodge is not happy with the reshuffle, complaining that the number of women in the cabinet has been reduced from five to four.

     
  103.  
    1314: Sadiq Khan, shadow justice secretary

    tweets: Look forward to shadowing Chris Grayling - will he ditch Ken's policies or is it more of the same?

     
  104.  
    1316:

    Christian Guy, managing director of the Centre for Social Justice, the think-tank set up by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, welcomes the news of Chris Grayling's promotion to Justice Secretary. He says he is sure Mr Grayling will "continue the government's drive to cut reoffending and slow the revolving-door culture that has blighted this country's criminal justice system for years".

     
  105.  
    1319:

    Like Labour's Margaret Hodge, Katie Ghose, from the Counting Women In group, which campaigns for equal representation of men and women in government, is not happy about the decline in the number of female cabinet ministers from five to four. She says: "We cannot go on like this in the 21st Century, where we have decisions being made and yet we ignore the views, the experiences, the wishes of half the population."

     
  106.  
    1320: ITV London's Ben Sutcliffe

    tweets: Zac Goldsmith describes Justine Greening's removal as a 'worrying sign' #heathrow #reshuffle @londontonight

     
  107.  
    1322:

    A less than welcoming greeting for Patrick McLoughlin in his new job as Transport Secretary. Bob Crow, general secretary of the RMT transport union, promises "an all-out political and industrial fight to stop railway job losses, fare increases, ticket office closures and profiteering".

     
  108.  
    1326:

    The Unite union, which includes many health workers among its members, gives a guarded welcome to the appointment of Jeremy Hunt as Health Secretary. It is less than effusive about his predecessor, Andrew Lansley, with senior official Rachael Maskell saying he "must rank as one of the worst health secretaries since the NHS was formed in 1948".

     
  109.  
    1328: Spectator Coffee House's James Forsyth

    tweets: Morale, communication and party discipline were all prioritised in this reshuffle

     
  110.  
    1330: Dee, Manchester

    emails: Why are there still no black cabinet ministers???? You have women, gay and disabled ministers, but there seems to be a colour bar. Why as a black woman should I bother to vote as I dont see any representation for me or my issues.

     
  111.  
    1334:

    BBC environment analyst Roger Harrabin reports: "Environmentalists fear that the reshuffle has made the government more likely to take decisions against the environment. They are worried by the track record of the new Defra Secretary Owen Paterson. It was reported on ConservativeHome that Mr Paterson wants to end all energy subsidies and fast-track exploitation of shale gas."

     
  112.  
    1339:

    For Labour, shadow Cabinet Office minister Michael Dugher says: "This is the no-change reshuffle." He continues: "On Sunday David Cameron promised to 'cut through the dither', but today he was too weak to move Iain Duncan Smith from the Department of Work and Pensions and was forced to back down. Jeremy Hunt, the man who broke the ministerial code and failed to stand up to News Corporation, is now in charge of the NHS, our most cherished national institution. This won't change David Cameron's policy of continuing with a massive top-down NHS reorganisation."

     
  113.  
    1341: Labour's Austin Mitchell MP

    tweets: Kerfuffle not Reshuffle. It shows Cam doesn't like women (public school chaps don't) and Clegg is out on an Orange limb.

     
  114.  
    1346:

    Former Chancellor Lord Lawson, a well-known climate change sceptic, offers his views on one of the key moves of the day, telling Sky News he is "very pleased" at the promotion of "little-known" cabinet minister Owen Paterson: "He is in fact one of the most able and promising young men or women around the cabinet and therefore his promotion to environment is extremely welcome… he is a man of reason and sense."

     
  115.  
    1348: Breaking News

    Liberal Democrat David Laws is returning to government. He has just entered the Cabinet Office, where he was met by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. He becomes education minister, presumably replacing fellow Lib Dem Sarah Teather.

     
  116.  
    1352: David Edgar

    emails: Sad that Justine Greening has accepted the International Development role, it's the classic Yes Minister exile usually reserved for the likes of Claire Short! As a resident of West London who is incredibly impressed by her commitment to our community I would prefer her to fight the third runway from the Back-benches.

     
  117.  
    1358: Paul Waugh, PoliticsHome

    tweets: This is 1st cabinet for 15 years that lacks a non-white cabinet minister. What happened to Cam plan to target the ethnic vote?

     
  118.  
    1403: Peter Richards in Swindon

    texts: Cameron is just rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic. He needs to get on and do something to get us out of this crisis. If this continues it won't be a lost generation for teenagers it will be a lost country.

     
  119.  
    1408:

    The BBC's Norman Smith says that David Laws is to be given a "more strategic role" in addition to being an education minister. He will have a "roving brief" advising the deputy prime minister, with an office in the Cabinet Office.

     
  120.  
    1412:

    Former Labour Transport Secretary Lord Adonis tells the BBC that there has been "constant chop and change" at the department since the coalition took office. Patrick McLoughlin is the third Transport Secretary in two years.

     
  121.  
    1415: Al Jazeera's Hasan Patel

    tweets: I may not agree with #Warsi, but she is a role model for many people for what she has achieved

     
  122.  
    1418:

    Conservative MP Eleanor Laing tells BBC News that the PM is bringing "new blood" to the government, but when asked if we will see a more cohesive Conservative Party as a result, she responds: "I very much doubt it!"

     
  123.  
    1419: June Hannaford

    texts: Might I suggest a new government position? Minister of motivation! And the person I would choose.....Gareth Malone.

     
  124.  
    1421:

    World at One editor Nick Sutton tweets: Ming Campbell says Lib Dems will "be looking very closely" at Chris Grayling in Justice Dept. #wato

     
  125.  
    1424: Farmer George

    tweets: @BBC_HaveYourSay Paterson's appointment will mean little to Britain's livestock farmers and their families unless he deals with TB

     
  126.  
    1425: David Divers, Dorset

    texts: Why do we need to get some women in the cabinet? Don't we need the best people regardless of sex?

     
  127.  
    1428:

    The Green Party's newly elected leader Natalie Bennett says that, despite media excitement about the reshuffle, "nothing significant is changing". She sees the replacement of the transport secretary as "a bad sign that a third runway at Heathrow is indeed back on the government's agenda".

     
  128.  
    1431: Nicholas Hill, London

    emails: On balance I am quite pleased with the cabinet reshuffle. Somebody not against Heathrow expansion at Transport, in place of somebody who was implacably against. Justine Greening given International Development so that she will actually have to fly and see why Heathrow expansion is so critical. A runner in the form of Jeremy Hunt at Health, and who will therefore know that health is about much more than diet, drugs and operations. Exercise!

     
  129.  
    1432:

    Peter Carter, general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing has reacted to the change of health secretary, saying: "The RCN has not seen eye to eye with Andrew Lansley on the government's health reforms. The RCN will now be looking to work with incoming Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt to ensure that the nursing voice is heard."

     
  130.  
    1439:

    On the Lib Dem side, Norman Lamb is to replace Paul Burstow as Health Minister, says the BBC's Norman Smith.

     
  131.  
    1441:

    Tory MP and former minister Peter Lilley claims that Ken Clarke's appointment in a roving economic advisory brief is "quite risky", as the outgoing Justice Secretary is "not very well house-trained", and his comments would be seen as critical of George Osborne.

     
  132.  
    1443:

    The BBC's Norman Smith tweets: More Lib Demmery - Jo Swinson gets Norman Lamb's job at the department for business.

     
  133.  
    1447:
    Nick Cleg and David Laws

    He's back. Nick Clegg welcomes fellow Lib Dem David Laws on his return to government.

     
  134.  
    1449:

    Norman Smith says that outgoing Education Minister Sarah Teather is leaving the government to fight for her constituency seat, according to Lib Dem sources. She won her constituency of Brent Central by just over 1,300 votes at the 2010 election, beating Labour's Dawn Butler.

     
  135.  
    1454:

    ConservativeHome says that sources close to Francis Maude claim he knew a cabinet-level role was on the cards, but made it clear he wanted to stay as Cabinet Office minister to drive forward civil service reform, which faces much resistance.

     
  136.  
    1501: Becca

    tweets: I love how the media is treating the #reshuffle as a Big Brother housemate eviction. Some of the photos on the BBC front page are hilarious.

     
  137.  
    1503:

    Conservative MP Nadine Dorries, a fierce critic of David Cameron, tweets: I'm liking this reshuffle. Grant [Shapps] to Chairman, Jeremy [Hunt] to Health, Chris [Grayling] to Justice, Maria [Miller] to Culture and Theresa Villiers to NI. All good moves.

     
  138.  
    1510: Stuart Robinson, Wigan

    texts: How can Eleanor Laing say the government is bringing in new blood? There's only been 1 or 2 new ministers announced. The rest have been moved from other posts.

     
  139.  
    1511: Keith Flett

    tweets: @BBC_HaveYourSay Beard Liberation Front welcomes news that hirsute MP David Heath is to go to Defra but still wants beards in the Cabinet

     
  140.  
    1516:

    Conservative backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg tells BBC News that Patrick McLoughlin was a "fantastic" Chief Whip and Andrew Mitchell has a hard act to follow. On Grant Shapps' appointment, he thinks that the Tories having co-chairmen is a mistake: "You need one person in charge of the party who can rally the troops."

     
  141.  
    1520:

    Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has reacted to the change of his opposite number, telling BBC News that the coalition are changing the salesman when what they need is "a change of policy". He added that the government has replaced "one person with poor judgement with another".

     
  142.  
    1522:

    Gerald Howarth has lost his job as a junior defence minister.

     
  143.  
    1527: Caroline, Surbiton

    emails: Still wondering who is going to DWP to replace Chris Grayling and Maria Miller with DLA changes and UC it's not an enviable task.

     
  144.  
    1532:

    Maura McGowan QC, vice chairman of the Bar, has called on new Justice Secretary Chris Grayling to "signal his intention to give access to justice his priority". She says he "must resist adding to the already punitive cuts which the last government and coalition government have presided over".

     
  145.  
    1536:

    Lib Dem blogger Mark Pack tweets that Lib Dem minister Nick Harvey has been moved from defence: No Lib Dem minister in MoD; instead one in DEFRA. Sensible given no. of rural Lib Dem MPs.

     
  146.  
    1538:

    Mr Pack also tweets that David Laws will handle the review of Trident for the Lib Dems - a policy area where a clash with the Conservatives, who favour replacing the nuclear deterrent, is possible.

     
  147.  
    1543:

    Tory Crispin Blunt is returning to the backbenches after losing his job as prisons minister at the Ministry of Justice.

     
  148.  
    1547:

    Mr Blunt said he was "disappointed" to lose his job but said: "I look back over the last two-and-a-half years with pleasure and pride over our achievements in the Ministry of Justice." He said he will campaign from the backbenches to preserve the green belt: "Whilst the government is right to pursue radical measures to kick-start the economy, this cannot come at the permanent expense of our precious environment."

     
  149.  
    1549:

    Labour MP and shadow foreign minister Kerry McCarthy tweets: Rumour Jim Paice has been replaced by David Heath in Defra... Yay! Don't like Heath but anything's better.

     
  150.  
    1552:

    Nick Harvey has lost his job as armed forces minister. In a statement, he said: "Nick Clegg made it clear that the decision was not a reflection on my performance in the job, which he said was widely regarded as having been excellent, but rather a strategic political decision to 'trade' this post for one in another government department. My replacement at defence will therefore be a Conservative."

     
  151.  
    1556: Spectator Coffee House's Isabel Hardman

    tweets: Rebel MP: Reshuffle is Cameron's 'last chance' to stand up to Clegg http://specc.ie/Q2HtN3

     
  152.  
    1600: Indianna Taylor

    tweets: @BBC_HaveYourSay I might be a staunch Tory but I'm happy to have David Laws back. He's a sound man. #reshuffle

     
  153.  
    1604:

    Nick Herbert, a minister in the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice, says he has "decided to step down from government". He tweets: Honoured to have worked with police & driven big reforms. Will focus on new ideas & protecting countryside.

     
  154.  
    1608:

    The BBC's Norman Smith says its a surprise to see Nick Herbert go as he was seen as a "good communicator". It suggests he may have been offered a role "he didn't find attractive".

     
  155.  
    1611:

    Press Association reports that Mark Prisk has been moved from his role as business minister to replace Grant Shapps as housing minister. Mr Shapps is the new Conservative co-chairman.

     
  156.  
    1616:

    There are reports that Michael Fallon is to become a business minister. Tim Montgomerie of ConservativeHome says it's "great news". He tweets: He gets what that department needs to become.

     
  157.  
    1619:

    Lib Dem MP Stephen Lloyd tells the BBC that Justine Greening was doing "a good job" as Transport Secretary. He added that he was saddened by Nick Harvey's departure from the government.

     
  158.  
    1626:

    International development charity CAFOD says it will miss Andrew Mitchell's role in aid and development, adding "his contribution will be remembered". It says: "Not every cabinet role offers the post-holder a chance to be known the world over as the leading force on vital issues, and to make a mark on the lives of billions around the world, and we are sure that Justine Greening will rise to those challenges."

     
  159.  
    1627: Andrew Percy, Conservative MP for Brigg & Goole

    tweets: It appears my controversial plan to rename Snickers bars Marathons has cost me promotion to Minister for Food. Oh well

     
  160.  
    1630:

    Farming minister Jim Paice has lost his job. Unconfirmed reports suggest the Conservative has been replaced by the Liberal Democrat David Heath.

     
  161.  
    1632: Law Society Gazette reporter John Hyde

    tweets: Bit of a bloodbath at MoJ. Clarke, Herbert and Blunt all gone. Djanogly and McNally have presumably turned their phones off. #reshuffle

     
  162.  
    1634:

    Conservative MP Michael Fabricant tweets that he has quit as a government whip: "I'm Free!" as the Who sang. I've resigned from the Gov't. Told former Chief Whip 6 months ago I wanted to go before too long.

     
  163.  
    1635:

    Mr Fabricant isn't free just yet, however. He tweets: Even though I have quit (cleared my desk today), I shall be on front bench between 5 and 6pm as no-one yet appointed to replace me. A hoot.

     
  164.  
    1638: Will Blair

    tweets: Delighted that @grantshapps is Party Chairman. Formidable communicator will sharpen Govt's attack (and defence) phenomenally... #reshuffle

     
  165.  
    1642:

    The number of women in the cabinet has fallen from five to four as a result of the reshuffle. Jane Martinson, women's editor of The Guardian, tells BBC News it is "appalling that [David Cameron] cannot find women with sufficient experience to sit around the cabinet table".

     
  166.  
    1644:

    More news of junior ministerial appointments from Number 10: Damian Green replaces Nick Herbert as joint minister at the Home Office and Ministry of Justice; Simon Burns moves from health to become a transport minister; Mark Prisk becomes housing minister.

     
  167.  
    1646:

    Professor Chris Ham from health charity The King's Fund says: "Jeremy Hunt takes up his post with the NHS performing well after years of investment and reform. However, fundamental changes in the way care is delivered are needed if the NHS is to respond to the demands of an ageing population, changing burden of disease and rising patient expectations. The new secretary of state must show political leadership by supporting the case for radical transformation in the delivery of care."

     
  168.  
    1652:

    Number 10 announces some more ministers: Michael Fallon is minister of state at the department of business; Mike Penning moves from transport to become a Northern Ireland minister; and Conservative Andrew Robathan replaces Lib Dem Nick Harvey as armed forces minister.

     
  169.  
    1655: Shadow immigration minister, Chris Bryant

    tweets: So I was shadow constitution minister, now shadow immigration. Mark Harper was constitution now immigration. I have a stalker.

     
  170.  
    1658: BBC's Norman Smith

    tweets: Chairman of Locog Paul Deighton appointed as minister of economic delivery after success of Olympics

     
  171.  
    1702:

    Conservative Tim Loughton tweets that he is losing his job in the Department for Education: Regret to report after 7 years as shadow minister and 2 as minister for children PM asked me to stand down-good luck to successor in this vital role.

     
  172.  
    1705: Conservative MP for Chatham & Aylesford, Tracey Crouch

    tweets: My PA is enjoying crossing out & replacing names in her ministerial book far too much...

     
  173.  
    1708:

    More details on the Paul Deighton appointment. He will take a seat in the Lords in order to take up his new ministerial post at the Treasury. David Cameron said the Locog chief executive's appointment "proves this government means business in terms of delivering infrastructure projects and economic revival".

     
  174.  
    1711: Daily Mirror Deputy Political Editor, James Lyons

    tweets: Mark Harper is handed immigration after dealing with lobbying and Lords reform. Someone either loves him or hates him.

     
  175.  
    1714:

    Home Secretary Theresa May, one of four women remaining at the cabinet table, insists there is still "good representation of women in the cabinet".

     
  176.  
    1718:

    David Cameron's official spokesman has made it clear Nick Herbert left the job of police minister voluntarily. He told journalists: "The prime minister thinks he has done an excellent job."

     
  177.  
    1720:

    The spokesman also had praise for the outgoing Health Secretary: "The prime minister thinks that Andrew Lansley has done an excellent job in taking through [the NHS] reforms. He thinks that Jeremy Hunt will do an excellent job in delivering them."

     
  178.  
    1723:

    Mark Hoban moves from the Treasury to replace Chris Grayling as employment minister.

     
  179.  
    1725: ITV News business editor, Laura Kuenssberg

    tweets: Paul Deighton, of Locog, will start at Treasury in January - as the man to 'bang heads together' to get economy going.

     
  180.  
    1727: Paul in Wiltshire

    texts: I hope the new employment minister is better. It needs someone who knows the reality of the problems people face!

     
  181.  
    1730:

    Transport commentator Christian Wolmar has told the BBC News Channel that a coalition decision to reverse its policy opposing a third runway at Heathrow would "look terrible in the eyes of the public" but ministers could do "background work" to assess the need for airport expansion. He suggested that governments treat the post of Transport Secretary as a "sort of dumping ground for people they don't know what to do with".

     
  182.  
    1733:

    Lib Dem transport minister Norman Baker, tells BBC News that it is "wrong to read into [Justine Greening's] move that the coalition's position on the third runway has weakened".

     
  183.  
    1736:

    Mr Baker also referred to the short tenure transport ministers usually enjoy, saying: "Two and a half years and not being reshuffled - I'm going to apply for a long-service medal!"

     
  184.  
    1737: Political columnist for the Financial Times, Janan Ganesh

    tweets: If you're serious about reforming public services, you can't afford to lose people like Nick Herbert.

     
  185.  
    1742: Iain Watson Political correspondent, BBC News

    Downing Street confirms the first meeting of the new cabinet will be tomorrow afternoon at 15:00BST.

     
  186.  
    1751:

    Here's a quick roundup of the key developments of David Cameron's first major reshuffle. Ken Clarke has lost his position as Justice Secretary and has been replaced by Chris Grayling. Mr Clarke becomes a minister without portfolio attending meetings of the cabinet. Andrew Lansley has been demoted from Health Secretary to Leader of the House of Commons. His replacement is former Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

     
  187.  
    1753:

    Justine Greening has been moved from transport to international development. Her replacement is Patrick McLoughlin, the former Tory Chief Whip. The move has raised speculation the government is planning to alter its current stance opposing a third runway at Heathrow Airport.

     
  188.  
    1759:

    There's been big promotion for Maria Miller who joins the cabinet as Culture Secretary. Caroline Spelman is out of government, losing her job as Environment Secretary to Owen Paterson. He is replaced as Northern Ireland Secretary by cabinet newcomer Theresa Villiers. And Cheryl Gillan has been sacked as Welsh Secretary, to be replaced by one of her former ministers, David Jones.

     
  189.  
    1801:

    Many of the best known cabinet members have kept their jobs, including Home Secretary Theresa May, Foreign Secretary William Hague, Education Secretary Michael Gove and Business Secretary Vince Cable.

     
  190.  
    1805:

    Reaction has been mixed from some of the major newspapers. The Telegraph says David Cameron "has prompted fury after he demoted anti-Heathrow runway campaigner Justine Greening". The Guardian leads with "Hunt takes over health in major reshuffle".

     
  191.  
    1808:

    The Sun's reshuffle headline highlights the move of "Tory veteran Ken Clarke" while the Daily Mail returns to the Heathrow issue and Boris Johnson's comments that a third runway would be "simply mad".

     
  192.  
    1812:

    We're bringing our reshuffle live page to a close but you can keep up to date with all the latest reaction and developments on the BBC News website and on the BBC News Channel. And do join us for Prime Minister's Questions at noon on Wednesday.

     

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