Changing faces, changing places in Blair's Cabinet

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Deputy Prime Minister: John Prescott - A title, two official homes, but no obvious job

Chancellor of the Exchequer: Gordon Brown - longest-serving Chancellor in 180 years

Home Secretary: John Reid - Tough-talking Scotsman, and now Blair's senior ally

Foreign Secretary: Margaret Beckett - Ex-CND warrior is first female Foreign Secretary

Communities and Local Government Secretary: Ruth Kelly - her new department will inherit part of environment brief

Chief Whip: Jacqui Smith - did well at education, now has to keep MPs in line

Lord Chancellor: Lord Falconer- The Prime Minister's former flatmate has kept his job

Leader of the Commons: Jack Straw- Surprise demotion for Blair's old ally from the Iraq war

Leader of the Lords: Baroness Amos- First black woman to serve in the Cabinet stays put

Chief Secretary to the Treasury: Stephen Timms - Minister with an eye for detail takes over government finances

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancashire: Hilary Armstrong - after a rough time as Chief Whip, she has an easier job

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary: David Miliband- his new Environment brief will now include agriculture

Health Secretary: Patricia Hewitt- Barracked by nurses, but remains in the post

Defence Secretary: Des Browne- Promotion for Gordon Brown's former deputy at the Treasury

Social Security Secretary: John Hutton- Blair ally who succeeded David Blunkett keeps job

Education Secretary: Alan Johnson- former postman now has to push through school reforms

Trade and Industry Secretary: Alistair Darling- Promotion for Gordon Brown's ally, a safe pair of hands

Culture, Media and Sport Secretary: Tessa Jowell - weathered the storm over her husband's finances

International Development Secretary: Hilary Benn- Some thought he would be promoted; next time, perhaps

Northern Ireland Secretary: Peter Hain - Says he is pleased to keep the brief

Scotland Secretary: Douglas Alexander - promotion to Cabinet for Brown protegé

Welsh Secretary: Peter Hain - his brief will continue to include Wales

Transport Secretary: Douglas Alexander- New role for former Europe minister

Minister Without Portfolio: Hazel Blears- Blairite whose appointment has angered Brownites

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