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Who's in and who's out of Theresa May's cabinet so far?

 Theresa May has reshuffled her shadow cabinet with a few surprising new appointments.

THERESA May has reshuffled her shadow cabinet with a few surprising new appointments.

Here’s who’s in and out so far.



Northern Ireland Secretary of State James Brokenshire

JAMES Brokenshire has been appointed Northern Ireland Secretary, Downing Street said. 

Old Bexley and Sidcup MP Mr Brokenshire, a married father of three, arrives at the NIO after six years at the Home Office, where he held a number of posts, including Immigration Minister. Mr Brokenshire supported Mrs May's bid to become Tory leader while Ms Villiers backed Andrea Leadsom.

DUP leader Mrs Foster congratulated the new incumbent at Stormont House. "Looking forward to working with you," she tweeted.

Former SoS Theresa Villiers has claimed that she turned down a role that the PM offered her and she is the only one of the secretaries of state for the devolved governments not to continue on.

Chancellor Philip Hammond

In one swift announcement George Osborne was out and former Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond was in as Chancellor of the Exchequer. He has previously served as Transport Secretary and Defence Secretary.

The “reassuringly boring” choice, Hammond studied philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford University and is believed to have a devout belief in economic stability and prudent public finances.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd

Rudd came to politics later in life than most, having worked as an investment banker, venture capitalist, and financial journalist.

The former Secretary of State for the department of Energy and Climate Change was a loud voice for Remain during the EU referendum. She appeared to support the new PM over her own junior minister Andrea Leadsom in the race for the Tory leadership.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson

He wanted the top job but pulled out of the race when Michael Gove made a surprise announcement that he was to run for PM. His political fortunes have turned following May’s decision to give him one of the most sought-after roles in the Cabinet.

The former Mayor of London’s appointment could be seen as somewhat unexpected, having been prone to more than the odd gaffe overseas down the years.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon

He had been tipped as a possible candidate for promotion but May appeared to give her seal of approval to his work in the past two years by keeping Fallon in his current role.

Secretary of State for Brexit David Davis

In holding the newly created role Davis will be front and centre in the negotiations for Britain’s exit from the EU. He has previously published what he described as a “Brexit economic strategy for Britain”.

Davis has served as Foreign Office Minister and shadow home secretary.

Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom

 Andrea Leadsom has been appointed Environment Secretary

In what many may see as an act of forgiveness, Theresa May has brought Andrea Leadsom, the Conservative leadership candidate who dramatically pulled out of the race, into her cabinet as the new Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary.


International Trade Secretary Liam Fox

He was forced to resign from his role as defence secretary in 2011 after allowing his friend and best man Adam Werritty to take on an unofficial and undeclared role as his adviser.

Five years on he has been welcomed back into the ranks by the new Prime Minister. He ran in the Tory leadership contest but was quick to back May when he was eliminated in the first round.

Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green

Damian Green is the new Work and Pensions Secretary 

Mr Green has taken over from Stephen Crabb, who earlier resigned. He  served as an Immigration Minister and Justice Secretary in the coalition government but has been on the backbenches since 2014.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling

Former Leader of the House of Commons Chris Grayling has been made Transport Secretary following in the footsteps of Patrick McLoughlin. Mr Grayling, 54, has been an MP since 2001 and has held several cabinet and shadow cabinet positions.

The Brexiteer backed Theresa May's leadership bid. Mr Grayling is a Cambridge graduate and worked as a journalist before entering politics.

Scottish Secretary David Mundell

 David Mundell continues as Scottish Secretary

It's status quo for Mr Mundell but he will have to face an enslaught from a reinvigorated Nichola Sturgeon as she has pledged to fight to have Scotland remain within the EU.

Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns

Alun Cairns is the new Welsh secretary

Alun Cairns, MP for the Vale of Glamorgan, will also remains in his cabinet role as Secretary of State for Wales.

Communities Secretay Sajid Javid

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid

Sajid Javid is moved from business secretary to Secretary of the Department for Communities and Local Government.

International Development Secretary Priti Patel

Priti Patel is International Development Secretary

One of Mrs May's more controvesial appointments as Liberal Democrat foreign affairs spokesman Tom Brake described Ms Patel's appointment as "deeply concerning".

It has emerged that the 44-year-old once mooted the idea for her now department to be scrapped in 2013.

Mr Brake added: "Not only has Ms Patel expressed support for the death penalty and voted against same-sex marriage, she has also previously called for DFID to be scrapped and for the development agenda to be solely focused on new private sector investment opportunities.

"As the internationalist party which in coalition brought in the legislation committing us to 0.7% GNI spending on international development, the Liberal Democrats will be keeping a very close eye on DfID-sceptic Ms Patel as she takes on her new role."

Leader of the House of Lords Baroness Evans

Natalie Evans, Baroness Evans of Bowes Park, was made a life peer just two years ago, having previously been deputy director of the Conservative Research Department.

The 40-year-old Cambridge graduate will now be responsible for organising government business in the House of Lords. She takes on the role from Baroness Stowell of Beeston.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt 

In a surprise posting, the Health Secretary has kept his job. Mr Hunt, 49, who has been heavily criticised for imposing a new contract for junior doctors, will remain in the role he has held for four years.

He is a philosophy, politics and economics graduate of Oxford University and was elected as an MP in 2005. Mr Hunt tweeted: "'Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated...' Thrilled to be back in the best job in Government."

Tory Party Chairman and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Patrick McLoughlin 

The ex-transport secretary has taken on Oliver Letwin's former role - putting him in overall charge of the Cabinet Office. Mr McLoughlin, 58, worked in agriculture and as a coal miner before being elected as a councillor.

He became MP for Derbyshire Dales in 1986 and served as chief whip before assuming the role of transport secretary.

Chief Whip Gavin Williamson

David Cameron's former parliamentary private secretary said he was "very surprised" to be made Chief Whip. The 40-year-old, who is reportedly well-liked within the Tory Party, has taken on Mark Harper's former role.

The relatively unknown MP for South Staffordshire was state-educated before studying for a BSc in social sciences at the University of Bradford.

Education Secretary Justine Greening

She was international development secretary before being given Nicky Morgan's old portfolio. Yorkshire-born Ms Greening was state-educated and studied economics at Southampton University.

She worked as an accountant and finance manager before winning the seat of Putney in the 2005 general election. In June, the 47-year-old revealed she was in a "happy same-sex relationship", and tweeted: "I campaigned for Stronger In but sometimes you're better off out!".

Justice Secretary Liz Truss

The former environment secretary filled the boots of Michael Gove in the reshuffle. Ms Truss, who studied philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford University, worked as a management accountant before entering politics.

The 40-year-old once described the political views of her parents as "to the left of Labour" and said her father was "horrified" when he discovered she had joined the Conservatives.

Culture Secretary Karen Bradley

Karen Bradley will replace a culture secretary who gave the newspapers much to write about.

Bradley, a former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Home Office, will have to forge a new relationship with the media, as the BBC transitions into a new Royal Charter and a unitary board replaces the BBC Trust.

The married mother of two sons was previously responsible for preventing abuse, exploitation and crime - but will now take on arts, culture, broadcasting and media mergers.

Cabinet Office Minister Ben Gummer

 Ben Gummer is the new Cabinet Office Minister.

The last Cabinet member to be appointed today, Mr Gummer is the new Cabinet Office MInister.

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