The prime minister's summer transfer deals explained


Cam and Hodgson

It's that time again - the race to secure the top talent for the coming season.

The rumours have been flying on Twitter.

The boss is locked in endless meetings and has his phone glued to his ear.

Some big names have signed up, while others who've failed to perform have been axed from the squad.

But we're not talking football.

David Cameron's reshuffling his cabinet team - naming the ministers who'll run government departments and hopefully win him the general election.

Listen to BBC Radio 5 live commentator Ian Dennis sum up the reshuffle for Newsbeat.

The veterans

William Hague
Image caption A teenage William Hague with former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

William Hague burst onto the scene as a 16-year-old giving a speech at the Tory party conference in 1977.

He's hanging up his boots, quitting as foreign secretary now and standing down as an MP at the next election.

There's another retirement in the squad too as Ken Clarke steps down as minister without portfolio.

Between them, they've held some of the top jobs within the party.

Hague's departure gives Phillip Hammond the foreign move he'd hoped for, while Michael Farron will replace him at the heart of the Ministry of defence.

The pantomime villain

Michael Gove

Michael Gove is the government's own Robbie Savage.

Hated by many, not afraid to speak his mind, but still seen as a vital cog in the machine by most teammates.

He's become one of David Cameron's most controversial ministers because of his dramatic changes to education, but has been moved to a new role.

Think of Commons chief whip as a "midfield enforcer" keeping junior members of the team happy and in check.

He'll also be facing the press more in the run-up to the election.

The new blood

Nicky Morgan

Nicky Morgan probably knows the offside law. In fact she knows most of the laws as a qualified solicitor.

She's been given Michael Gove's job in charge of education, one of several women handed a bigger role in David Cameron's first-team squad.

Liz Truss has signed on the dotted line as environment secretary.

The prime minister's hoping to avoid a repeat of scenes like this, an all-male front bench in the Commons.

Front bench

The tactics

This reshuffle is the biggest David Cameron's ever done, but it's mostly about presentation and giving fans something new to get excited about.

Having said that, from looking at the names on David Cameron's team sheet you might expect this new-look side to favour the right wing rather than play through the centre.

Also, unlike most football teams, there are a few here who aren't so keen on being in Europe.

Their main challengers Labour still have a narrow lead but it's a long season ahead of the election next May.

A moment of genius, or a defensive blunder, from one of these new faces, might just decide it.

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