Justine Greening QUITS as Theresa May Cabinet reshuffle descends into CHAOS

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The Education Secretary was reportedly offered the Department for Work and Pensions – but chose to quit instead of being moved.

Ms Greening was also the Minister for Women and Equalities.

The resignation offers further instability for Theresa May as she attempts to assert her authority as Prime Minister.

The two politicians were locked in talks for more than three hours.

In a statement, Ms Greening said: “Social mobility matters to me and our country more than a ministerial career

“I’ll continue to work outside of government to do everything I can to create a country for the first time that has equality of opportunity for young people wherever they are growing up”

Ms Greening, who campaigned to remain in the European Union, could go on to threaten Mrs May’s Brexit majority as a heavyweight backbencher representing the Remain leaning constituency of Putney, which has a large student population.

The resignation also leaves the Prime Minister with a position to fill in the Department for Work and Pensions after the portfolio for the Department of Education was handed to Damian Hinds.

Downing Street officials said the Prime Minister was “disappointed” but respects Ms Greening’s decision.

Ms Greening was the second signature on Mrs May’s campaign to become party leader after David Cameron stepped down – however in recent months their relationship reportedly turned terse.

It comes after Jeremy Hunt reportedly refused to be moved from the Department of Health after being offered a new role, instead leaving Number 10 with the new title Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

Following the resignation one Tory MP reportedly said it was a “damaging loss” adding that the PM “caves into boys but not a woman. Dreadful error”

With no new announcements expected tonight (8/1/18), here is the state of Theresa May’s Cabinet:

NEW ROLES

David Lidington – Cabinet Office Minister and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

Brandon Lewis – Conservative Party Chairman

James Cleverly – Conservative Party Deputy Chairman

Karen Bradley – Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

David Gauke – Lord Chancellor and Minister for Justice

Matt Hancock – Culture Secretary

Esther McVey – Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Claire Perry – Minister of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Caroline Noakes – Immigration minister

Julian Smith – Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury

CHANGES IN TITLE

Jeremy Hunt – Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, formerly Secretary of State for Health

Sajid Javid – Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, formerly Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

STAYING IN PLACE

Philip Hammond – Chancellor of the Exchequer

Amber Rudd – Home Secretary

Boris Johnson – Foreign Secretary

Liam Fox – International Trade Secretary

Chris Grayling – Transport Secretary

Penny Mordaunt – Secretary for International Development

David Davis – Brexit Secretary

Greg Clark – Business Secretary

Michael Gove – Environment Secretary

Jeremy Wright – Attorney General

Andrea Leadsom – Leader of the Commons

Liz Truss – Chief Secretary to the Treasury

DEPARTURES

Sir Patrick Mcloughlin – Resigns as Conservative Party Chairman

James Brokenshire – Resigns as Northern Ireland Secretary due to ill health

Justine Greening – Resigns as Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equality

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