The May Team: Who’s Who In The Prime Minister’s New Cabinet?
Theresa May has wasted no time in appointing her new Cabinet since becoming Prime Minister yesterday evening.
Some big names have been appointed to even bigger positions - but some others you may not have heard of before.
So who is who in the May-led Government?
Chancellor: Philip Hammond
In one brutal and quick announcement, George Osborne was sacked and former foreign secretary Philip Hammond was in as Chancellor of the Exchequer. He has previously served as transport secretary and defence secretary. The 60-year-old is seen as a “reassuringly boring" choice, and is said to have a devout belief in economic stability and prudent public finances.
Home Secretary: Amber Rudd
Ms Rudd, 52, came to politics later in life than most, having worked as an investment banker, venture capitalist, and financial journalist. She is the former secretary of state for the Department of Energy and Climate Change and was a loud voice for Remain during the EU referendum.
Foreign Secretary: Boris Johnson
The former Mayor of London wanted the top job but pulled out of the race when Michael Gove made a surprise announcement that he was to run for PM. The 52-year-old is seen as a surprise appointment for one of the ‘big four’ jobs as he has been prone to more than the odd gaffe overseas down the years.
Justice Secretary: Liz Truss
The former environment secretary filled the boots of sacked Michael Gove in the reshuffle. The 40-year-old worked as a management account before entering politics. She described her parents’ politics as “left of Labour”.
Education Secretary: Justine Greening
She was international development secretary before being given Nicky Morgan’s old portfolio. Yorkshire-born Ms Greening worked as an accountant and finance manager before winning the seat of Putney in the 2005 general election. The 47-year-old hit the headlines last month when she revealed she was in a “happy same-sex relationship”, tweeting: “I campaigned for Stronger In but sometimes you’re better off out!”.
Defence Secretary: Michael Fallon
He had been tipped as a possible candidate for promotion but Mrs May appeared to give her seal of approval to his work in the past two years by keeping Mr Fallon, 64, in his current role.
Secretary of State for Brexit: David Davis
A high-profile campaigner for Brexit, Mr Davis will be front and centre in the negotiations for Britain’s exit from the EU in this newly-created role. The 67-year-old has previously served as Foreign Office Minister and shadow home secretary.
International Trade Secretary: Liam Fox
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, Dr Fox has been welcomed back into the ranks by the new Prime Minister. The 54-year-old ran in the Tory leadership contest but was quick to back Mrs May when he was eliminated.
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 promoted to chief whip. The 40-year-old MP for South Staffordshire is well-liked within the Tory Party, and has taken on Mark Harper’s former role.
Work and Pensions Secretary: Damien Green
The former immigration minister takes over the role vacated by Stephen Crabb, who resigned from the government following revelations about his private life. Mr Green, 60, was once an adviser to Tory PM John Major.
Transport Secretary: Chris Grayling
Mr Grayling was an outspoken Brexiteer during the EU Referendum campaign and was Theresa May’s biggest backer to become PM. The former Leader of the House, 54, will now oversee the expansion of Heathrow and the future of the HS2 rail line.
Secretary of State for Environment and Rural Affairs: Andrea Leadsom
Only a few days ago Mrs Leadsom was a contender for the job of PM - but pulled out to allow Mrs May to be the sole candidate. The 53-year-old is the former Minister of State for Energy at the Department of Energy and Climate Change and became a favourite of Eurosceptic MPs when she became one of the faces of Brexit.
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