United Kingdom minister Greening resigns after rejecting another post in cabinet reshuffle

  • United Kingdom minister Greening resigns after rejecting another post in cabinet reshuffle

United Kingdom minister Greening resigns after rejecting another post in cabinet reshuffle

Theresa May's cabinet reshuffle at the same time appeared to be unravelling as people she wanted to move stayed, others she wanted to stay left the cabinet, and two people were announced for the same post in in ten minutes.

And health secretary Jeremy Hunt is said to have refused a "demotion" to business secretary - emerging after an hour of talks with an expanded title of health and social care secretary.

Justine Greening, Andrea Leadsom, Greg Clark and Patrick McLoughlin could be about to lose their Cabinet jobs, according to reports.

Karen Bradley, another colleague she knows and trusts from her own past experience, was appointed to replace him.

David Lidington has switched from his role as Justice Secretary to become Damian Green's replacement as Minister for the Cabinet Office, replacing close May ally Green who resigned last month.

Education Secretary Justine Greening dramatically quit the government when May tried to move her to the Department of Work and Pensions.

"The prime minister is disappointed but respects her decision to leave government", a government source said.

"Social mobility matters to me & our country more than my ministerial career".

Boris Johnson will continue as foreign secretary despite a number of gaffes and his widely-criticised handling of the Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe case, while Brexit Secretary David Davis, Chancellor Philip Hammond, and Home Secretary Amber Rudd are all set to hang on to their jobs.

Research from the Sutton Trust showed 34 per cent of the 29 ministers attending cabinet went to independent schools, compared with 30 per cent of her first cabinet previous year.

At the outset, Transport Chris Grayling was mistakenly announced on Twitter as the new Chair of the Conservative Party - a role later given to outgoing immigration minister Brandon Lewis. It is understood she turned down the Work and Pensions role.

Ms May's changes on Tuesday followed the chaos of Monday, which saw some top ministers refusing to move from posts and a resignation.

If this was the prime minister's objective, she failed here too, ignoring some of the party's rising stars such as Tom Tugendhat and Johnny Mercer altogether and moving others from positions where they shone to posts for which they are not obviously qualified.

She had earlier appointed Remainer Brandon Lewis as Conservative Party chairman, with a brief to revitalize the party after June's disastrous election, and had balanced his appointment by making James Cleverly, another Brexiteer, his deputy.

Digital minister Matt Hancock took over from his old boss as Culture Secretary.

Claire Perry will also be able to attend the Cabinet as a new Business Minister. Lidington will, however, likely take over Green's role in Brexit negotiations with the Scottish and Welsh governments.

One week later, as global development secretary, after a row over unauthorised meetings with Israeli officials.

Liam Fox remain as International Trade Secretary.

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