Cabinet reshuffle LIVE: Latest from No.10 as Hunt clings on and May shores up hard Brexit
Posted on Jan 8 2018 - 3:05pm by admin

The Prime Minister is expected to appoint a “minister for no deal” to the delight of Brexiteers as she gives her top team a major New Year revamp for the very first time since she became leader in 2016. 

She will also look to start 2018 by wielding the axe to instead promote new and young blood. 

Cabinet ministers tipped to be demoted include Education Secretary Justine Greening, Business Secretary Greg Clark. Tory Party chairman Patrick McLoughlin today confirmed he is leaving after eight years in cabinet and will be replaced by Immigrations minister, Brandon Lewis. 

Ms Greening is said to be “fighting to keep her job” amid claims Mrs May finds her “patronising”. 

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Theresa May is launching an extensive cabinet reshuffle today

Meanwhile, a former nurse dubbed ‘Scary Spice’, Anne Milton is expected to replace Jeremy Hunt as Health Secretary. 

And Mr Hunt, longest-serving health secretary, is expected to take the Secetary of State role, replacing very much look forward to working alongside you again when you are back to full health. Green who quit last year amid a sleaze scandal.

Meanwhile, Chancellor Philip Hammond and Home Secretary Amber Rudd, part of Mrs May’s ‘Big Four’ have kept their jobs. 

Brexit Secretary David Davis and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson are also expected to be reappointed. 

In a bid to balance her Remain-dominated cabinet, Mrs May will move up younger, Brexit-backing MPs as calls to walk away from the EU without a deal heighten.

On Sunday, Mrs May said “by the time we leave the European Union, we want to have agreed what the future relationship between us and the European Union is going to be”. 

Follow for live updates on Mrs May’s cabinet reshuffle below..

What we know so far: 

  • David Davis will remain Brexit Secretary 

  • Amber Rudd reappointed as Home Secretary, while Philip Hammond remains Chancellor 

  • David Lidington has moved from Justice to the Cabinet office 

  • Immigration minister Brandon Lewis has been appointed Conservative Party chairman, along with James Cleverly who will act as his second 

  • Sir Patrick McLoughlin has resigned from cabinet after eight years

  • Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire has stepped down citing ‘ill-health’ 

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Jeremy Hunt has arrived at Number 10 wearing his NHS badge

2:57pm: Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has entered Downing Street wearing his NHS badge 

But will it be there when he comes out? 

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Boris Johnson arrives at Downing Street

2:41pm: Greg Clarke has been pictured arrving at Downing Street 

His role as Business Secretary is said to be vulnerable 

2:39pm: BREAKING: David Davis will remain Brexit Secretary 

The reappointment comes as no surprise as Rudd and Hammond have maintained their roles in Government. 

2:30pm: Boris Johnson has arrived at Downing Street 

The Foreign Secretary is expected to keep his job as part of Mrs May’s ‘Big Four’ 

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Amber Rudd will remain as the Home Secretary

2:18pm: BREAKING: Hammond has kept his job as the Chancellor of the Exchequer 

2:13pm: Philip Hammond is said to already be in Number 10 

The Chancellor’s role is not expected to change 

2:01pm: Amber Rudd will remain the Home Secretary 

As expected Ms Rudd held on to her top job 

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David Lidington arrives at Number 10

1:56pm: David Lidington has moved from justice minister to Cabinet Office minister and chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

This is essentially Damian Green’s cabinet role, however there is no mention of the rumoured First Secretary of State title in Downing Street’s confirmation. 

1:42pm: Home Secretary Amber Rudd is the latest to enter Number 10 

Ms Rudd is expected to maintain her position in the ‘Big Four’ 

1:38pm: David Lidington has been seen entering Downing Street

The Justice Secretary is tipped to become Mrs May’s Secretary of State, replacing Damian Green, who was forced to step down last month. 

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Patrick McLoughlin tweeted his resignation letter to Mrs May

1:28pm: Outgoing Tory Party chairman Sir Patrick McLoughlin has released his exchange of letters with Mrs May to announce his resignation. 

Sir Patrick said he felt “the time was right for me to leave the Cabinet”. 

Mrs May replied praising him for his “wisdom, hard work and dedication”. 

1:21pm: Theresa May has posed for a photograph with her new ministers outside Downing Street 

It comes after the prime minister announced a raft of new appointments:

The new CCHQ Vice Chairman for Policy is Chris Skidmore 

CCHQ Vice Chairman for Candidates is Kemi Badenoch

CCHQ Vice Chair for Youth is Ben Bradley 

CCHQ Vice Chair for Women is Maria Caulfield

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May has posed with his new appointments outside Downing Street

1:19pm: Conservative HQ has confirmed news James Cleverly will be Lewis’ deputy 

They tweeted: “Very pleased to confirm @JamesCleverly as our new Deputy Chairman.” 

1:11pm: James Cleverly has been ‘appointed deputy chairman of the Tory party’ 

Director of Communications for the Conservatives, Carrie Symonds, has tweeted: “Very pleased to confirm @JamesCleverly as our new Deputy Chairman. We will also have a host of brilliant new Vice Chairs.”

Bu Downing Street has not yet confirmed this. 

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Brandon Lewis has been appointed Tory Party chairman

12:51pm: BREAKING: Immigration minister Brandon Lewis has been appointed Tory party chairman 

Downing Street confirmed the news, saying: “The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of the Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP as Minister without Portfolio. He has also become Conservative Party Chair.”

12:29pm: Theresa May has responded to James Brokenshire’s resignation letter. 

The PM hinted she would be keen to offer him another job when he recovers. 

She wrote: “I very much look forward to working alongside you again when you are back to full health.” 

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Theresa May replied to James Brokenshire

12:21pm: James Brokenshire’s resignation letter to the PM has been exchanged. 

He wrote: As you know, over recent weeks I have been undergoing a number of medical tests on my lungs. In the last few days I have been told that I have a small lesion In my right lung which needs to be removed. 

“Clearly, my long term health and my family are my priorities and I intend to proceed with surgery at the earliest opportunity. While the operation is expected to address the issue and I will get back to work relatively quickly, recovering from surgery and regaining my strength will take several weeks…

“In the best interests of the people of Northern Ireland and the Government as a whole, with much regret, I believe that the right thing at this time is for me to stand down from my current responsibilities.”

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James Brokenshire’s resignation letter to Theresa May

12:17pm: Sir Patrick McLoughlin ‘has quit as Conservative party chairman’

Speaking to Sky News, Sir Patrick said he had had a “very good run” over eight years in cabinet. 

Although he did not confirm his resignation, Sir Patrick spoke of his post in the past tense. 

12:14pm: Backbencher James Cleverly has arrived at Number 10. 

The arrival seeks to confirm rumours Brandon Lewis could become party chairman and Mr Cleverly would be his deputy. 

12:03pm: Conservative Campaign HQ has been blamed for the Grayling error. 

The Times deputy politicial editor, Sam Coates, tweeted: “I’m told CCHQ operative Iain Carter send all Tory MPs whatsapp group that Chris Grayling was to be party chairman – then deleted it and apologised. He is probably behind the tweet too.” 

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Brandon Lewis arriving at Number 10

11:58am: Brandon Lewis has arrived at Number 10. 

The immigration minister is tipped to become the new Tory Party chairman – amid confusion over Mr Grayling. 

11:53am: Confusion surrounds whether or not Grayling is now the new Tory Party chairman. 

Officials have not confirmed the news after the Conservative Party tweeted to congratulate Mr Grayling on hiw new appoontment, which was mysteriously deleted minutes later. 

BBC Political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, tweeted: “Hold the horses everyone, Grayling still not confirmed – another source has just told me it is Brandon Lewis to Tory HQ – we’ll know v soon –

“Second source, discussions are about Brandon Lewis, not Grayling being Tory HQ chairman – still no official confirmation but sounds like heading in that direction.” 

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A tweet from Conservative HQ has caused confusion over Chris Grayling’s role

11:44am: Chris Grayling has been appointed as the new Tory Party chairman. 

Mr Grayling will leave his job as the transport secretary tol replace 60-year-old Sir Patrick McLoughlin. 

In a tweet that was quickly deleted, the Conservative Party posted: “Congratulations to Chris Grayling following his appointment as Conservative Party Chairman. #cabinetreshuffle.” 

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Chris Grayling was in good spirits this morning

11:28am: David Lidington is tipped to replace Damian Green. 

Several sources say the Aylesbury MP could effectively become Mrs May’s deputy after Mr Green was forced to resign from his post last month,. 

11:22am: BREAKING: Northern Ireland’s Secretary, James Brokenshire, has resigned. 

Mr Brokenshire has left the Government citing “ill health”, according to The Sun and Sky News. 

10:46am: Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has said his future is in the hands of the PM

When asked by Sky News whether he will keep his job this morning, Mr Grayling said these things are always in the gift of the prime minister 

10:38am: Brexit Secretary David Davis has arrived at Number 10 

The Brexiteer is expected to keep his top job despite the shake-up. 

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Brexit Secretary David Davis has arrived at Number 10

10:34am: Theresa May has been pictured arriving in Downing Street ahead of her reshuffle 

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Theresa May has arrived in Downing Street

10:18am: Jacob Rees-Mogg calls for May and Chancellor Hammond to set aside their differences and claims Government has been too timid over Brexit.

Ahead of today’s reshuffle, the Brexiteer urged the pair to unite. 

He said: “Brexit is entirely in line with Tory beliefs.

“These reject high-falutin solutions which do not go with the grain of voters’ desires.

“Here the Government has been too timid.

“It is as if it were carrying out a policy reluctantly — one foist upon it by the electorate, not one it really and enthusiastically wants. This must change.

“Brexit is such an opportunity to take back control, as the slogan had it, and make choices that are in the interests of the British people.”


10:12am: Nigel Farage has issued a stark warning to the PM, telling her if she gets it wrong, her tenure will “stand for nothing”.

Speaking on his radio show for LBC, the Ukip MEP said: “What she needs to do is either sack all the Leavers or sack all the Remainers, because the spectacle we had last summer of having Boris Johnson and Hammond contradicting each other in every interview was utterly ridiculous.

“I agree – no more people like Lord Adonis. If she is the government that delivers Brexit, she needs people who believe in it.

“If they are not pro-Brexit, then I’m afraid you’ll stand for nothing.”

10:01am: Theresa May has been warned not to sack seasoned members of her Cabinet

Friends of the current party Chairman Sir Patrick McLoughlin have urged Mrs May to keep the party Chairman in his post.

One said: “You can find a balance but you have got to bring people through. There are very few people like Patrick still around.”

Sir Patrick is the only person to have served on the front bench of every Conservative leader since Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s.


9:48am: Ministers axed by Theresa May spared the walk of shame

Sources claim those sacked by the PM will not be made to walk up Downing Street. It means those staying in post or moving will have to smile and wave for the camera. 

Times Columnist tweeted, Matt Chorley tweeted: “Sacked ministers will NOT be made to walk up Downing Street. Only those staying in post and those moving will make smile for the cameras. “We are a caring government,” says a senior source.”

This was later confirmed by Downing Street. Things are expected to start at around 11.30am. 

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