Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Hunt's apparent refusal to go in Cabinet reshuffle 'extraordinary'

Hunt's apparent refusal to go in Cabinet reshuffle 'extraordinary'

It came as an analysis by a think tank found the Cabinet now had a greater share of ministers who went to private schools than before the reshuffle.

Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington took his place at Mrs May's side as her new de facto deputy - despite the fact he was not granted the title First Secretary of State.

And Jeremy Hunt reportedly dug his heels in to keep his job as health secretary after turning down the role of Business Secretary.

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

In one of the biggest promotions of the reshuffle, Mr Hinds, 48, replaced Justine Greening, who resigned from the Government after rejecting a post as Work and Pensions Secretary.

Justine Greening announced she was quitting the Government in protest at being moved from education to work and pensions.

British Prime Minister Theresa May's Cabinet is meeting for the first time after a reshuffle that triggered a ministerial resignation and was dismissed by Labour as a "lacklustre PR exercise".

THERESA May's chaotic reshuffle has been dealt a fresh blow as it emerged her new Cabinet is more privileged and straight and just as white and male as her first one.

Beyond Hunt, the Cabinet's "big beasts" Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Chancellor Philip Hammond, Brexit Secretary David Davis and Home Secretary Amber Rudd all retained their positions. Green was sacked by the prime minister previous year after making a misleading claiming about pornography found on his parliamentary computer in 2008.

Everybody needs to be reminded of Esther McVey vs Glenda Jackson.Esther McVey has been reappointed to the Department of Work and Pensions despite being forever associated with some of its cruellest measures against disabled people.

James Brokenshire steps down as Northern Ireland Secretary for health reasons.

James Cleverly, a prominent backbencher, is the new Tory Party deputy chairman.

It was later confirmed that Brandon Lewis, formerly immigration minister, was the new party chairman.

There was much confusion after the Conservative party announced that the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling had been moved to party chairman, replacing Patrick McLoughlin. But she has a perilous few months ahead as Brexit negotiations approach a moment of truth when she must decide how closely she wants Britain's economy to remain aligned to Europe's - and what she is prepared to pay for it.

So too does leader of the house Andrea Leadsom, and recent additions Gavin Williamson (defence) and Penny Mordaunt (international development).

Elsewhere, abortion rights campaigners have expressed their disappointment in the prime minister's decision to make Maria Caulfield the party's new vice chair for women.

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

May, who backed remain in the 2016 referendum, has had to ensure there are enough supporters of leaving the European Union in her team of ministers to satisfy rank-and-file lawmakers and ordinary members of her party that she won't deliver a watered-down version of Brexit.

Caulfield led opposition to the campaign to decriminalise abortion previous year, arguing that more consideration should be given to the rights of the unborn child.

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