Damien Green has been appointed First Secretary of State as Theresa May reshuffles her Cabinet.The job is effectively second-in-
Damien Green has been appointed First Secretary of State as Theresa May reshuffles her Cabinet.
The job is effectively second-in-command to the prime minister.
Former Justice Secretary Liz Truss is now Chief Secretary to the Treasury, while David Gauke, previously Chief Secretary to the Treasury, has been appointed Works and Pensions Secretary.
The reshuffle comes after the general election left the Conservatives as the largest party but without a majority.
Mr Green, who was previously work and pensions secretary and was at university with Mrs May, has also become Minister for the Cabinet Office, a position left vacant by Ben Gummer, who lost his seat in Thursday’s general election.
The First Secretary of State is a role previously held by George Osborne and, under Labour, Peter Mandelson and could see Mr Green standing in for Theresa May at prime minister’s questions, when she is not available.
Greg Clark is remaining in his post of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary.
And Liam Fox retains his position as International Trade Secretary – he told reporters he was “delighted” to be continuing in the role he has held since July last year.
Mr Fox was one of the Cabinet’s “three Brexiteers” with David Davis and Boris Johnson, who have also kept their roles, as the government gears up for the start of talks with Brussels.
Liz Truss’s change of position will be seen by some as a demotion – she was widely criticised by the judiciary following the High Court ruling regarding the government seeking Parliament’s permission to trigger Article 50 and begin the formal start of the Brexit process.
The judges involved were heavily criticised by some newspapers, and Mrs Truss was in turn criticised for failing to stand up for them.
Justine Greening remains as education secretary – her opposition to Theresa May’s policy of expanding grammar schools might be less of an issue now, if, as some expect, the government is forced to drop it from the Queen’s Speech to prevent a backbench revolt.
Other ministers to keep their existing positions include:
- Chancellor of the Exchequer – Philip Hammond
- Secretary of State for the Home Department – Amber Rudd
- Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs – Boris Johnson
- Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union – David Davis
- Secretary of State for Defence – Michael Fallon