Prime Minister David Cameron has announced the biggest reshuffle yet of his cabinet with wide-ranging changes in ministerial appointments in an effort to make the conservatives more appealing to voters ahead of next year’s general elections.
The Prime Minister’s cabinet had been criticised by Labour for being ‘male, pale and stale’ in accusations that the cabinet failed to represent women with only three cabinet members.
Many see the moves announced today as an indirect attempt by the Prime Minister to showcase a more presentable crop of ministers to the British public to boost the party’s chances in the next election.
The Reshuffle At A Glance
The number of women in the cabinet have increased from 3 to 6. New entries include Nicky Morgan and Liz Truss. Young, fiery women who will no doubt appeal to the average working woman on the streets.
The biggest shock so far has been the announcement that Foreign secretary William Hague has been moved to leader of the Commons and will be retiring next year after 25 years in Politics. Mr Hague said in a BBC interview that he was ‘delighted’ with his new position and looked forward to going back to writing and spending more time with his wife.
Another shocker was the news that Michael Gove has stepped down from his role as the secretary of state for Education. A role he’s held for four years. Mr Gove has been at logger heads with teachers and unions over controversial policies he’s introduced since the start of his role. He was also recently involved in a very public argument with the home secretary Theresa May over extremism in schools in England after which he was forced to make a public apology.
He will now be replaced by Nicky Morgan who has been promoted to cabinet from treasury minister.
Other moves in the cabinet include former defence Minister Philip Hammond who will now be replacing Mr Hague as foreign secretary.
Conservative stalwart Ken Clarke is out of government after attending cabinet as a minister without portfolio as is Owen Patterson, former Minister for environment.
Former Minister for Immigration Damian Green is also out as well as Alan Duncan who was International development Minister.
MP’s still keeping their Jobs include home secretary Theresa May, Councillor of the exchequer George Osborne and Health secretary Jeremy Hunt.