Cameron New Cabinet – so far

Prime Minister David Cameron reshuffled this cabinet with continuity and stability where it matters to assure markets, investments and businesses keeping the posts of Chancellor of the Exchequer, Home  Foreign and Defence secretaries as they are, while making changes where needed like no Deputy Prime Minister  and appointing a Media Culture and Sports secretary giving tough message to the BBC (whose coverage of the election campaign was often too unsubtle biased to the left)

Here is a full list

George Osborne, Theresa May, Phillip Hammond, Michael Fallon, Iain Duncan Smith  and Nicky Morgan  for Chancellor, Home , Foreign & commonwealth, Defence, Works & pensions  and Education.  

Also remaining in their posts   Justine Greening at international development; Patrick McLoughlin as Transport secretary,  while Liz Truss stays as environment secretary. Jeremy Hunt remains at health while Theresa Villiers continues as Northern Ireland Secretary. Stephen Crabb stays in place as Welsh Secretary.

New appointments now the Libe Dems have vanished: Amber Rudd is Energy and Climate Change Secretary,  Anna Soubry and Priti Patel will attend Cabinet as small business and employment ministers.

Boris Johnson is not  a minister (yet)  but will attend separate Tory “political cabinet” meetings. He said he wants to concentrate  on his final year as Mayor of London.

Sajid Javid, moved from Culture to Business Secretary.

Greg Hands becomes George Osborne’s number two in the Treasury as Chief Secretary. Deputy 1922 committee chairman veteran Tory MP John Whittingdale becomes Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which sends shivers down BBC leftwing editors’ spines

Greg Clark has been  promoted from Universities Minister to Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government ( the post held last government by Eric Pickles). Robert Halfon named as deputy chairman of the Conservative Party and minister without portfolio

Oliver Letwin joins the cabinet as head of the Cabinet Office while Matt Hancock becomes Paymaster General and Minister for Civil Service and Efficiency.  David Mundell takes the Scottish Secretary post

Baroness Stowell remains as leader of House of Lords and takes on the role of Lord Privy Seal

A spokesman for Mr Johnson said he had accepted an invitation to attend weekly political cabinets – held after the full cabinet session – but would not take a ministerial role.

“The Mayor has always been clear – he has to fulfil his mandate running London first – and that’s exactly what he will be doing until his term ends in May 2016,” he said.


Analysis by political correspondent Eleanor Garnier

Over the weekend we had a bit of same old, same old with some big beasts back in their previous positions. Then there was a flurry this morning with younger faces, out with the “stale, male and pale” and in with some women.

The PM’s brought in some politicians who are going to be able to perform well in front of the media – “ministers for microphones”, as they’ve already been dubbed.

One important name is Robert Halfon, the new deputy chair of the Conservative Party.

He’s someone who is seen as standing up for working people down in his Essex constituency, and a popular choice with backbenchers.

The prime minister is well aware of how rocky it is going to be trying to keep all those rebels in order – and Chris Grayling’s appointment as Commons leader will be seen as a gesture to the right.

It’s certainly going to be a tough job for the chief whip, Mark Harper. He’s widely seen as a really nice guy, but is he going to be able to keep the troops in order?

But as the afternoon has gone on it has felt like more of the same again, with Jeremy Hunt staying at Health, Liz Truss reappointed as environment secretary and Patrick McLoughlin back as transport secretary.


As he pieces together his new Cabinet, Mr Cameron is filling a number of top roles previously held by Lib Dems in the former coalition government.

Former energy minister Ms Rudd is promoted to take control of energy policy, a role held before the election by Ed Davey. Mr Javid, a rising star in the party, succeeds Vince Cable as business secretary.

And current deputy chief whip Greg Hands will take over from Danny Alexander as Chief Secretary to the Treasury.