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Reshuffle 2012

Overview
The Prime Minister has waited until the mid-term point of his Government before embarking upon his first major of reshuffle of Cabinet and junior ministers. Unlike previous Governments, Mr Cameron has allowed his ministers to bed into their departments and drive through wide spread reform. The road to reform has been extremely bumpy for the Government. It seems Mr Cameron has reshuffled his team to better reflect the political make up of his party and ensure a smoother ride for the remainder of the Government’s legislative programme.
Whilst the Great Offices of State escape unscathed the reshuffle did deliver a number of surprises. Jeremy Hunt the once embattled Culture Secretary has been promoted to Secretary of State for Health. In a move that will shock many given the controversy surrounding Mr Hunt’s closeness to Rupert Murdoch and News International. Andrew Lansley was often singled out for criticism by political commentators for failing to communicate his NHS reforms in a way that was palatable to health professionals, the public and even members of his own party. Despite getting the NHS reforms onto the statute book after a heavy parliamentary slog, he has paid the price and has been demoted to Leader of the House of Commons. Baroness Warsi has also been demoted, following months of internal grumblings about her capability as Co-Chair of the Conservative Party. She now takes up a dual role in the Foreign Office and the Department for Communities and Local Government. Andrew Mitchell, the respected International Development Secretary, received a promotion to Chief Whip, an appointment Mr Cameron will hope that pays off, given the increasing air of rebellion in the Conservative party. The key economic ministries in Government remain unchanged. This is indicative of a Government committed to its current policy path. Expect no major changes of policy from the new Secretaries of State. The expectation is that they will communicate policy more effectively. If the Government’s performance improves following this revamp it may be the only reshuffle we see from Mr Cameron this side of the General Election.

New Cabinet appointments
Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Constituency: North Shropshire Majority: 15,828 Party: Conservative

Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP
Secretary of State for Transport
Constituency: Derbyshire Dales Majority: 13,866 Party: Conservative

Rt Hon Justine Greening MP
Secretary of State for International Development
Constituency: Putney Majority: 10,053 Party: Conservative

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Rt Hon Maria Miller MP
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport; Minister for Women and Equalities
Constituency: Basingstoke Majority: 13,176 Party: Conservative

Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
Constituency: Chipping Barnet Majority: 11,927 Party: Conservative

Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
Constituency: Epsom and Ewell Majority: 16,134 Party: Conservative

Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP
Secretary of State for Health
Constituency: South West Surrey Majority: 16,318 Party: Conservative

Rt Hon David Jones MP
Secretary of State for Wales
Constituency: Clwyd West Majority: 6,419 Party: Conservative
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Rt Hon Andrew Lansley CBE MP
Leader of the House of Commons, Lord Privy Seal
Constituency: South Cambridgeshire Majority: 7,838 Party: Conservative

Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP
Minister without Portfolio; Chair Conservative Party
Constituency: Welwyn Hatfield Majority: 17,423 Party: Conservative

The Cabinet
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Secretary of State for Scotland – Rt Hon Michael Moore MP Secretary of State for Transport - Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP Secretary of State for Wales – Rt Hon David Jones MP Secretary of State for Work and Pensions – Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP Attorney General – Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP Senior Minister of State at the Foreign Office; Minister for Faith and Communities –Baroness Sayeeda Warsi Minister without Portfolio (Minister of State) – Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC MP

Ministers by department
New appointments in bold. * unpaid ** attends Cabinet *** attends Cabinet when Ministerial responsibilities are on the agenda

Foreign and Commonwealth Office  First Secretary of State, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs - Rt Hon William Hague MP  Senior Minister of State - Rt Hon Baroness Warsi (jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government)  Minister of State - Rt Hon David Lidington MP  Minister of State - Rt Hon Hugo Swire MP  Minister of State (Trade and Investment) - Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint (jointly with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)*  Parliamentary Under Secretary of State - Mark Simmonds MP  Parliamentary Under Secretary of State - Alistair Burt MP HM Treasury  Chancellor of the Exchequer - Rt Hon George Osborne MP  Chief Secretary to the Treasury - Rt Hon Danny Alexander MP  Financial Secretary - Rt Hon Greg Clark MP  Exchequer Secretary - David Gauke MP  Economic Secretary - Sajid Javid MP  Commercial Secretary - Lord Sassoon*  Commercial Secretary - Paul Deighton (to take up post in Jan 2013) Home Office  Secretary of State for the Home Department - Rt Hon Theresa May MP  Minister of State (Immigration) - Mark Harper MP  Minister of State (Policing) - Damian Green MP (jointly with the Ministry of Justice)  Minister of State - Jeremy Browne MP  Parliamentary Under Secretary of State - James Brokenshire MP  Parliamentary Under Secretary of State - Lord Taylor of Holbeach CBE

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Ministry of Defence  Secretary of State for Defence - Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP  Minister of State - Rt Hon Andrew Robathan MP  Minister of State - Rt Hon Mark Francois MP  Parliamentary Under Secretary of State - Dr Andrew Murrison MP  Parliamentary Under Secretary of State - Philip Dunne MP  Parliamentary Under Secretary of State - Lord Astor of Hever DL* Department for Business, Innovation and Skills  Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills; and President of the Board of Trade - Rt Hon Dr Vincent Cable MP  Minister of State (Universities and Science) - Rt Hon David Willetts MP**  Minister of State - Michael Fallon MP  Minister of State (Trade and Investment) - Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint (jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)*  Parliamentary Under Secretary of State - Lord Marland *  Parliamentary Under Secretary of State - Jo Swinson MP  Parliamentary Under Secretary of State - Matthew Hancock MP (jointly with the Department for Education) Department for Work and Pensions  Secretary of State for Work and Pensions - Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP  Minister of State - Mark Hoban MP  Minister of State - Steve Webb MP  Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Welfare Reform) - Lord Freud*  Parliamentary Under Secretary of State - Esther McVey MP Ministry of Justice  Lord Chancellor, Secretary of State for Justice - Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP  Minister of State - Rt Hon Lord McNally (and Deputy Leader of the House of Lords)  Minister of State - Damian Green MP (jointly with the Home Office)  Parliamentary Under Secretary of State - Helen Grant MP (jointly with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport)  Parliamentary Under Secretary of State - Jeremy Wright MP Department for Education  Secretary of State for Education - Rt Hon Michael Gove MP  Minister of State - Rt Hon David Laws MP (jointly with the Cabinet Office**)  Parliamentary Under Secretary of State - Lord Hill of Oareford CBE  Parliamentary Under Secretary of State - Matthew Hancock MP (jointly with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)  Parliamentary Under Secretary of State - Edward Timpson MP  Parliamentary Under Secretary of State - Elizabeth Truss MP

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Department for Communities and Local Government  Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government - Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP  Senior Minister of State (Faith and Communities) - Rt Hon Baroness Warsi ** (jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)  Minister of State (Housing) - Mark Prisk MP  Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Planning) - Nicholas Boles MP  Parliamentary Under Secretary of State - Rt Hon Don Foster MP  Parliamentary Under Secretary of State - Brandon Lewis MP  Parliamentary Under Secretary of State - Baroness Hanham CBE* Department of Health  Secretary of State for Health - Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP  Minister of State - Norman Lamb MP  Parliamentary Under Secretary of State - Anna Soubry MP  Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Dr Daniel Poulter MP  Parliamentary Under Secretary of State - Earl Howe Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs  Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP  Minister of State - David Heath CBE MP  Parliamentary Under Secretary of State - Richard Benyon MP  Parliamentary Under Secretary of State - Lord de Mauley Department for International Development  Secretary of State for International Development - Rt Hon Justine Greening MP  Minister of State - Rt Hon Alan Duncan MP  Parliamentary Under Secretary of State - Lynne Featherstone MP Scotland Office  Secretary of State for Scotland - Rt Hon Michael Moore MP  Parliamentary Under Secretary of State - Rt Hon David Mundell MP Department of Energy and Climate Change  Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change - Rt Hon Edward Davey MP  Minister of State - Gregory Barker MP  Minister of State - John Hayes MP  Parliamentary Under Secretary of State - Baroness Verma Department for Transport  Secretary of State for Transport - Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP  Minister of State - Rt Hon Simon Burns MP  Parliamentary Under Secretary of State - Norman Baker MP  Parliamentary Under Secretary of State - Stephen Hammond MP

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Department for Culture, Media and Sport  Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport; and Minister for Women and Equalities - Maria Miller MP  Minister of State - Hugh Robertson MP  Parliamentary Under Secretary of State - Hon Ed Vaizey MP  Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Women and Equalities) - Helen Grant MP (jointly with the Ministry of Justice) Northern Ireland Office  Secretary of State for Northern Ireland - Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP  Minister of State - Mike Penning MP Wales Office  Secretary of State for Wales - David Jones MP  Parliamentary Under Secretary of State - Stephen Crabb MP* (jointly as a paid Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury (Whip) - House of Commons)  Parliamentary Under Secretary of State - Baroness Randerson* Office of the Leader of the House of Lords  Leader of the House of Lords, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster - Rt Hon Lord Strathclyde  Deputy Leader of the House of Lords - Rt Hon Lord McNally (and Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice) Office of the Leader of the Commons  Leader of the House of Commons, Lord Privy Seal - Rt Hon Andrew Lansley CBE MP**  Parliamentary Secretary (Deputy Leader) - Rt Hon Tom Brake MP* Ministers without Portfolio (Minister of State)  Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC MP **  Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP* & ** (and Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party) Cabinet Office  Minister for the Cabinet Office, Paymaster General - Rt Hon Francis Maude MP**  Minister for Government Policy - Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP**  Minister of State - Rt Hon David Laws MP** (jointly with the Department for Education)  Parliamentary Secretary - Nick Hurd MP  Parliamentary Secretary - Chloe Smith MP Law Officers  Attorney General - Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP***  Solicitor General - Oliver Heald MP  Advocate General for Scotland - Rt Hon Lord Wallace of Tankerness QC Whips - House of Commons  Chief Whip (Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury) - Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP**
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Deputy Chief Whip (Treasurer of HM Household) - Rt Hon John Randall MP Deputy Chief Whip (Comptroller of HM Household) - Rt Hon Alistair Carmichael MP Government Whip (Vice Chamberlain of HM Household) - Rt Hon Greg Knight MP

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