HATED Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt survived a third term in his position yesterday after PM Theresa May began a Cabinet reshuffle.
At least 13 ministers remained in their jobs at the time of going to press for a government that had yet to be secured amid the Tories’ talks over a potential deal with the ultra-conservative DUP.
Claims circulated that Ms May’s “reshuffle kerfuffle” was only conducted as a convoluted attempt to demote former justice secretary Liz Truss, who now takes fills the Chief Secretary to the Treasury role. Ms Truss has been heavily criticised over her failure to fight against the High Court which had ruled that the government had to seek permission from Parliament to trigger Article 50.
Ms May’s long-term ally Damian Green was moved from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to be appointed Cabinet Office Minister — replacing Ben Gummer who lost his seat last week — and would also act as her deputy.
Replacing Mr Green at DWP is David Gauke, former chief secretary to the Treasury.
Those remaining in the same positions include Philip Hammond as Chancellor, Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary, Amber Rudd as Home Secretary, David Davis as Brexit Secretary, Liam Fox as International Trade Secretary, Sajid Javid as Communities and Local Government Secretary and Michael Fallon as Defence Secretary.
Also, Chris Grayling kept his job as Transport Secretary, Priti Patel as International Development Secretary, Gavin Williamson as Chief Whip, Justine Greening as Education Secretary and Greg Clark as Business Secretary.