Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Theresa May's reshuffle increases the proportion of privately educated Cabinet ministers

Theresa May's reshuffle increases the proportion of privately educated Cabinet ministers

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.

Despite May claiming the reshuffle ensures the Government "looks more like the country it serves", just six of the 23 Cabinet Ministers are women, and only one comes from a non-white ethnic group.

Prime Minister Theresa May is said to be "disappointed" but respects the former Education Secretary's decision to quit.

Education Secretary Justine Greening dramatically quit the government when May tried to move her to the Department of Work and Pensions.

Meanwhile, Green's position at the Cabinet Office was filled by David Lidington, who moved from his job as justice secretary.

Karen Bradley becomes Northern Ireland Secretary.

No new first minister was hired after Damian Green resigned over misleading comments he made about the discovery of porn on his Commons computer in 2008.

Overall, the new Cabinet is five times more likely to have gone to a fee-paying school than the general population.

As a result, the planned move for Greg Clark did not go through, and he instead remained at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

British Prime Minister Theresa May continued into Monday night reshaping her government team, keeping virtually all of her big-name ministers in place.

If this was the prime minister's objective, she failed here too, ignoring some of the party's rising stars such as Tom Tugendhat and Johnny Mercer altogether and moving others from positions where they shone to posts for which they are not obviously qualified.


James Cleverly, a prominent backbencher, is the new Tory Party deputy chairman.

Jeremy Hunt remains as Heath Secretary in Theresa May's Cabinet, but has had social care added to his title.

In an official statement, DUP leader Arlene Foster said Brokenshire had "immersed himself fully in the role [of Northern Ireland secretary] by dedicating long hours to trying to make progress".

Work and pensions minister David Gauke is now justice secretary.

The prime minister installed Boris Johnson's brother as transport minister and put him in charge of the party's London effort before the local elections in May, where the Tories are facing an uphill struggle. However, they argued that she should remain in her role, citing a need for stability.

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.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Liz Truss, also stays in post.

So too does leader of the house Andrea Leadsom, and recent additions Gavin Williamson (defence) and Penny Mordaunt (international development).

The ministerial changes also included the appointment of 11 MPs elected for the first time in 2015.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove also stays in his role. "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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