Theresa May's Cabinet: Who's in and who's out? The latest updates

Bloodbath on Whitehall as Theresa May wields axe over front bench

Theresa May has cut several prominent figures from the front bench
Theresa May has cut several prominent figures from the front bench

Theresa May has made a clear break from David Cameron’s administration with a string of Cabinet appointments that will overhaul the frontbench.

A host of big names have been cut from the Cabinet including Justice Secretary Michael Gove, Culture Secretary John Wittingdale and Education Secretary Nicky Morgan.

Philip Hammond has been appointed Chancellor, and former Mayor of London Boris Johnson is a surprise addition to one of the Great Offices of State as the UK’s new Foreign Secretary.

Here's what we know so far:

Who’s in?

Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer

Former Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond will step into No 11 Downing Street to take George Osborne’s place. He has said there will be “no emergency budget”, as Mr Osborne had promised.

Amber Rudd, Home Secretary

Amber Rudd became an MP at the 2010 general election and was taken under George Osborne’s wing as his parliamentary private secretary. After the 2015 general election she replaced the Lib Dems’ Ed Davey as the Minister for Energy and Climate Change. She was a passionate campaigner for Remain ahead of the European Union referendum and is now the second most powerful woman in Britain.

Who is Amber Rudd

Boris Johnson, Foreign Secretary

Boris Johnson’s promotion to one of the great offices of state has left commentators, politicians and foreigner leaders alike stunned. Some have suggested that May has been pragmatic in this appointment; she needed to appoint a Brexiteer to a key post, but the brief of Foreign Secretary has been diluted by the creation of international trade and Brexit ministers.

Boris Johnson's most controversial quotes

David Davis, Secretary of State for Leaving the European Union

A hard-line Eurosceptic but staunch defender of civil liberties, Mr Davis lost out to David Cameron in the Conservatives’ 2005 leadership race. He has previously said he is ready to play “hard-ball” with Brussels, suggesting industrial subsidies if the EU applies levies to UK exports. The move was unexpected, with Chris Grayling having been tipped for the newly created post.

Who is David Davis?

Liam Fox, Secretary of State for International Trade

Just five years after resigning from the government in disgrace after he admitted allowing his friend Adam Werrity to take an unofficial and undeclared role as his advisor, Liam Fox is back. Dr Fox previously stood for the Conservative party leadership and was a Leave campaigner.

Justine Greening, Education Secretary

Former secretary of state for international development, Justine Greening replaces Nicky Morgan as Education Secretary. Ms Greening becomes the UK’s first openly gay female Cabinet member.

Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health

A hate figure for many in the National Health Service and another contemporary of Cameron and Osborne at Oxford. Hunt was appointed culture minister in the Coalition Government of 2010, where he worked on the 2012 London Olympics. He was given the Health brief after a 2012 reshuffle. He supported remain in the referendum.

Michael Fallon, Defence Secretary

Michael Fallon has retained his role as Defence Secretary which he has held since 2014, when he took over the role from Philip Hammond.

Chris Grayling, Transport Secretary

Mr Grayling takes a leap up from Leader of the House of Commons, a position he has occupied since the 2015 election, to Transport Secretary. He was first elected to parliament for Epsom and Newell in 2001, and in 2005 was appointed by David Cameron as shadow Transport Secretary. He takes over the role from Patrick McLoughlin.

Andrea Leadsom, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Following the abandoned leadership bid that handed the premiership to Theresa May, Ms Leadsom will now head up the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs.

She replaces Liz Truss, who had been Defra Secretary since July 2014 and who has now been appointed as Justice Secretary.

Gavin Williamson Conservative Party Chief Whip

Having previously served as parliamentary personal assistant to David Cameron, Williamson was sworn into the Privy Council in 2015. His appointment has been something of a surprise to many, who have seen this as an enormous promotion for a relatively unknown MP.

Patrick McLoughlin, Conservative Party Chairman and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

MP for the Derbyshire Dales, Patrick McLoughlin has been transport secretary since September 2012. He has now been moved into Oliver Letwin’s position as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, and has also been appointed as Chair of the Conservative party, taking over from Lord (Andrew) Feldman.

James Brokenshire, Northern Ireland Secretary

The MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup, James Brokenshire takes a leap into Theresa May’s Cabinet where he will be Northern Ireland Secretary. He was previously Minister for Security and Immigration, a position he has held since February 2014. He replaces Theresa Villiers, who was reportedly offered a different role by Ms May, but did not take it.

Who’s out?

George Osborne Chancellor of the Exchequer

David Cameron’s closest ally, Osborne was a member of the informal ‘Notting Hill set’ of Conservatives. He served as Chancellor from 2010 until 2016, and had been tipped as a frontrunner for the leadership. Theresa May used her first speech as leader to signal that she wished to change tack on economic policy. He had quietly stayed on after the referendum, unlike the Prime Minister, possibly in hope of retaining a senior ministerial brief.

Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Justice

Michael Gove was appointed Education Secretary in the Coalition Government in 2010, where he championed the controversial academies programme. Following a move to the Justice brief after the 2015 general election. He played a major role in the campaign to leave the European Union alongside Boris Johnson. In the subsequent leadership race, he withdrew his support for Mr Johnson and stood for leader himself, coming a distant third behind Andrea Leadsom and Theresa May.

Nicky Morgan Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities

Elected to represent Loughborough in 2010, Morgan served as an economic secretary to the Treasury from 2013 until she replaced Maria Miller as Minister for Women, leading to accusations that she was “minister for straight women” due to her stance on gay marriage. She then replaced Michael Gove in 2014 as Education Secretary, a position for which she was said to have little interest or experience. She supported Remain and then Gove in the leadership contest.

John Whittingdale Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

John Whittingdale began his political career as political secretary to Margaret Thatcher. He was elected to parliament in 1992. He was a leading member of a Thatcherite group in the right of the Conservative Party, voting against both gay marriage and equal pay in the 2010 coalition government. He became Culture secretary after his work investigating the phone hacking scandal. He backed Leave in the referendum. His disputes over the future of the BBC became infamous after his controversial white paper was released, where he advocated a leaner and more strictly controlled service.

Oliver Letwin, Chancellor for the duchy of Lancaster

MP for West Dorset, Oliver Letwin has been a Cabinet member since the 2005 general election. Until his departure, Mr Letwin had overall responsibility for the Cabinet Office and was widely regarded as David Cameron’s “fixer”, Mr Letwin had recently been given charge of the government’s “brexit unit”.

Stephen Crabb, Work and Pensions Secretary

Stephen Crabb has taken the reshuffle as an opportunity to quit his role. He inherited the work and pensions brief from Iain Duncan Smith in March 2016. He said he was stepping down from the role “in the best interests of my family”. At the weekend the Times revealed Mr Crabb, who had put himself forward for the Conservative leadership, had made sexual comments in messages to a young woman.

Theresa Villiers, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

Theresa Villiers will not return as Northern Ireland Secretary. She was reportedly offered a role by Theresa May, but turned it down, saying it was not one she felt could take on.

Matt Hancock, Minister for the Cabinet Office

The MP has been in the post since the general election last year and is widely regarded as loyal to Mr Osborne. Despite this he was an early backer of Ms May's leadership bid.

The full list

Full Cabinet members

Theresa May – Prime Minister

Philip Hammond – Chancellor of the Exchequer

Boris Johnson – Foreign Secretary

Amber Rudd – Home Secretary

David Davis – Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.

Liam Fox – Secretary of State for International Trade

Jeremy Hunt – Health Secretary

Justine Greening – Education Secretary

Damian Green – Work and Pensions Secretary

Liz Truss – Justice Secretary

Chris Grayling – Transport Secretary

Andrea Leadsom – Environment Secretary

Priti Patel – Secretary of State for International Development

Karen Bradley – Culture Secretary

Sajid Javid – Communities Secretary

Alun Cairns – Welsh Secretary

David Mundell – Scottish Secretary

James Brokenshire – Northern Ireland Secretary

David Lidington – Leader of the Commons

Baroness Evans – Leader of the Lords

Matt Hancock - Minister to the Cabinet Office

Attending Cabinet

Patrick McLoughlin – Conservative party chairman/Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

David Gauke – Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Gavin Williamson – Chief Whip

Jeremy Wright – Attorney General

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