Cabinet Reshuffle – Cameron’s new team in full

Posted on September 4, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard

So, David Cameron’s first major reshuffle has taken place and it all looks like more of a mess than before he meddled. There are a number of baffling decisions. Firstly, what is Jeremy Hunt’s promotion all about? Let’s not forget, this is a man who was caught out having vested interests in News Corps BSKYB takeover bid during his last role as Culture Secretary. Why on earth does a man who couldn’t act in the national interest in that role deserve what is effectively a promotion? He has said today it is the ‘biggest privilege of my life’. Just another example of corrupt politicians getting away scott free. He doesn’t deserve any ‘privilege’. He broke the ministerial code and faced the sack in his last job so we put him in charge of the ‘closest thing Britain has to a religion’. Unreal.

Then we have the equally baffling decision to make the government’s homophobe-in-chief, Chris Grayling, Justice Secretary. Wow. The man who said that B&B businesses should have the right to refuse their services to gay people is now Justice Secretary. The irony and hypocrisy of that decision by David Cameron is truly astounding.

And what are we supposed to make of the decision to tack the role of Minister for Women and Equalities on to the Culture Secretary role? Does Cameron think that women’s issues are now less important and therefore we can blend it with another role? Again, staggering. The number of women in the cabinet remains the same but some would argue with even less power than before.

Full Cabinet list below:

Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury and Minister for the Civil Service – David Cameron

Deputy Prime Minister, Lord President of the Council – Nick Clegg

Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs – William Hague

Chancellor of the Exchequer – George Osborne

Chief Secretary to the Treasury – Danny Alexander

Lord Chancellor, Secretary of State for Justice – Chris Grayling

Secretary of State for the Home Department – Theresa May

Secretary of State for Defence – Philip Hammond

Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills – Vince Cable

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions – Iain Duncan Smith

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change – Edward Davey

Secretary of State for Health – Jeremy Hunt

Secretary of State for Education – Michael Gove

Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government – Eric Pickles

Secretary of State for Transport – Patrick McLouglin

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – Owen Paterson

Secretary of State for International Development – Justine Greening

Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport; and Minister for Women and Equalities – Maria Miller

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland – Theresa Villiers

Secretary of State for Scotland – Michael Moore

Secretary of State for Wales – David Jones

Minister without Portfolio – Ken Clarke

Minister without Portfolio – Grant Shapps

Leader of the House of Lords, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster – Lord Strathclyde

Leader of the House of Commons, Lord Privy Seal – Andrew Lansley

Minister for the Cabinet Office, Paymaster General – Francis Maude

Attorney General – Oliver Heald

Chief Whip (Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury) – Andrew Mitchell

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