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David Lidington named Minister for the Cabinet Office as reshuffle continues

13 January 2018

Justine Greening has quit her job as United Kingdom education secretary after Prime Minister Theresa May tried to move her to another department in her latest reshuffle.

There was little that was dramatic in Theresa May's reshuffle of her Cabinet on Monday, though the British Prime Minister has made the underlying goal obvious enough ~ to add more power to her elbow before the Brexit negotiations are in full flow.

Greening because educational secretary after Theresa May took over as prime minister in 2016.

Greening was sacked after she refused to move from Education to Work and Pensions, where she would have become the face of the Conservatives' welfare reforms.

David Lidington has been appointed Minister for the Cabinet Office to replace Damian Green, who quit the Government last month after admitting lying over pornography on his office computer.

Jeremy Hunt kept his job to become the longest-serving Health Secretary ever.

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Prime Minister Theresa May was under pressure from Tory MPs to show more political bite in a shake-up of junior Government posts after a cautious Cabinet reshuffle was seen to be blighted by blunders. Greg Clark, meanwhile, remains as Business Secretary.

'This reshuffle helps us do just that by bringing fresh talent into Government, boosting delivery in key policy areas like housing, health and social care, and ensuring the Government looks more like the country it serves.

Reinforcing the group with an extra member in Ms Greening could make winning tight Brexit votes even harder for the Prime Minister.

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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.

And Jeremy Hunt and Sajid Javid had additional roles added to their titles, with the Health Secretary taking on responsibility for social care and the Communities and Local Government minister having housing added to his remit.

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

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

Claire Perry will also be able to attend the Cabinet as a new Business Minister.

Mrs May was forced to apologise "unreservedly" after attacking the absence of shadow education secretary Angela Rayner. But she has a perilous few months ahead as Brexit negotiations approach a moment of truth when she must decide how closely she wants Britain's economy to remain aligned to Europe's - and what she is prepared to pay for it.

May's Cabinet has been carefully constructed to balance those like Hammond who want to keep a close economic relationship with the European Union, and those like Johnson who argue for a cleaner break. Penny Mordaunt continues as Secretary of State for International Development.

David Mundell stays on as Scottish Secretary. "We don't just need to fix it, I think we need to be really bold and set out what a 21st-century Conservative party looks like", he told the Today programme this morning.

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Baroness Evans of Bowes Park stays on as Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords.

David Lidington named Minister for the Cabinet Office as reshuffle continues