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Reshuffle Due As David Cameron Seeks To Reshape His Cabinet

03/09/2012 06:40 | Updated 03 September 2012

MPs and ministers will be making sure their blackberries are fully charged with their volumes turned up to eleven this week, as David Cameron is expected to perform his first major cabinet reshuffle since coming to power in 2010.

The prime minister is believed to want to bring several new faces into government now in order to give them time to gain experience ahead of the next election in 2015, and MPs from the 2005 and 2010 intake will be waiting for a call.

Cabinet ministers who will be nervously thumbing their phones waiting for the call from No.10 include party chairman Baroness Warsi and justice secretary Ken Clarke, both of whom have been fighting demotion within the government.

Baroness Warsi took the unusual step of making a public plea over the weekend to be spared the chop, when she told the Daily Telegraph that the party needed more working class voices like hers and that she "fit the bill" for the job she currently had.

Clarke, who at 72 is one of the longest serving senior Tory politicians, has been reportedly fighting a move for him to be demoted to leader of the House of Commons.

Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt is also believed to be in a precarious position as is environment secretary Caroline Spelman.

Several key figures including foreign secretary William Hague and home secretary Theresa May are believed to be safe in their jobs. A cabinet minister told The Huffington Post last month that they expected only "two or three" of their colleagues to be moved.

Cameron put to bed speculation that George Osborne could be moved as a result of Britain's poorly performing economy last month when he said the chancellor would "not be going anywhere".

And Osborne is said to have been one of the few senior figures involved in mapping out the reshuffle, making it unlikely he would text himself to tell him that he was out of a job.

Cameron's Cabinet

While some senior ministers are hoping to cling on to their jobs, several of their junior colleagues are snapping at their heels eager for promotion.

Housing minister Grant Shapps has been widely tipped as a replacement for Baroness Warsi as party chairman, and work and pensions minister Chris Grayling is a popular choice among the right-wing of Conservative Party to take over at the justice department.

While it would come as no surprise if current backbenchers Matthew Hancock, Nick Boles, Claire Perry and Liz Trust were given ministerial positions.

Other backbenchers however appear less sure of promotion, with Mark Spencer taking to Twitter on Monday morning to joke: "Still no call from Downing St, on the reshuffle, don't ring me I need to keep the line free!"

And Chris Heaton-Harris joined in the fun when he added: "If only it was April Fools Day! The fun I'd be having phoning fellow MPs pretending to be the No 10 switchboard."

It has also been suggested that international development secretary Andrew Mitchell could be moved to become the Tory party's top enforcer as chief whip.

Tory backbenchers have become increasingly vocal in their criticism of Cameron in recent months and the prime minister is likely to want to ensure his MPs are kept in line in the wake of a reshuffle which will inevitably disappoint just as many as it will please.

The Liberal Democrat side of the coalition cabinet is believed to be kept largely the same, but David Laws is widely tipped to be making a return to the front line.

Laws was forced to quit as chief secretary to the Treasury in the first days of the coalition over revelations about his expenses

Lib Dem MP Stephen Williams told the BBC on Sunday night that while there was a risk that Clegg would be criticised for bringing Laws back given the manner of his departure the government was "poorer for not having him on the front line".

"He is very clear thinker, I am a big admirer of him on that front," he said. "His influence has been felt, he is very much part of the inner circle of Nick Clegg."

04/09/2012 19:52 BST

Cabinet reshuffle - the juniors

John Hayes MP as Minister of State at the Department for Energy and Climate Change

Norman Lamb MP as Minister of State at the Department of Health

David Heath MP as Minister of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Hugo Swire MP as Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Jeremy Browne MP as Minister of State at the Home Office

Daniel Poulter MP as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Health

Jeremy Wright MP as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice

Chloe Smith MP as Parliamentary Secretary at the Cabinet Office

Stephen Hammond MP as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport

Sajid Javid MP as Economic Secretary to the Treasury, HM Treasury

Matthew Hancock MP as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State jointly at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Education

Philip Dunne MP as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence

04/09/2012 18:10 BST

Mark Hoban becomes employment minister

Interesting swap for Hoban, who has been solid at the Treasury.

04/09/2012 18:08 BST

Reports: Jeremy Browne to the Home Office

@ MattChorley :

Sources close to Jeremy Browne say he is going to the Home Office - big job countering both May and Grayling on law and order #reshuffle

04/09/2012 17:54 BST

Jobs for former TV presenters Anna Soubry and Esther McVey

Anna Soubry MP is Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health

Esther McVey MP is Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions

Two former TV presenters get jobs in the government. McVey holds the fairly marginal seat of Wirral West.

Anna Soubry will be a fireband on the front bench - she is on-record as criticising David Cameron's women problem in the past. She spoke to HuffPost UK last year about her worries for legal aid cuts.

04/09/2012 17:51 BST

Helen Grant gets joint MOJ/Equalities job

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PM appoints Helen Grant as joint Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Ministry of Justice and for Women’s & Equality issues.

Helen Grant has been a fairly quiet backbencher and unflappably loyal. Along with Liz Truss, she's the second woman from the 2010 intake to get a junior ministerial job this evening.

04/09/2012 17:39 BST

Elizabeth Truss heads to Education..

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Described by the Spectator as a 'one woman think-tank', Truss will take on responsibility for early years education, we're told.

Check out HuffPost's interview with her from a few weeks ago...

04/09/2012 17:29 BST

Mehdi Hasan: Tory retoxification continues apace:

Huffpost's Political Director blogs here on the reshuffle. He writes, among other things:

Cameron capitulated to his party's right-wing, Eurosceptic, 'hang 'em and flog 'em' tendency by sacking One-Nation Conservatives such as Ken Clarke, Sayeeda Warsi and George Young and promoting ardent Thatcherites such as Chris Grayling, Owen Paterson and Theresa Villiers.

Check out the rest of the blog post here....

04/09/2012 17:27 BST

Greg Clark seemingly on-course for the Treasury

As either Financial or Commercial Secretary. Politicshome.com suggesting Clark - who is currently planning minister - will be the new City Minister.

04/09/2012 17:07 BST

Rumours: Greg Clark is leaving DCLG

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Unconfirmed at this stage. It would be a surprise if Clark were to not feature in the government somewhere. Highly intelligent and one of those who has managed to get planning reforms through without upsetting anyone.

Surely a job for him somewhere?

04/09/2012 16:58 BST

Paul Deighton, an Olympics organiser, gets a Treasury job and will be made a peer

Welcome to Westminster, Paul.

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There's going to be a lot of questions if it's confirmed that Nick Herbert has quit the government. Herbert was Shadow Justice Secretary in opposition and was considered an unfair overlook for a cabinet post when the coalition was formed.

He's had the fairly onerous task of selling Police and Crime Commissioners to backbench Tories and the wider public, and also struggled to paint a positive gloss on the police cuts.

A fortnight ago he had a fairly rough ride on the Today programme at the hands of Evan Davis where he was accused of talking \"boring waffle\".

There is fevered speculation about what Herbert was offered - surely it had to be something.

The permutations of this are that Damian Green becomes policing minister in the wake of Herbert's departure. Mark Harper moves from constitutional reform to immigration behind Damian Green.

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There's going to be a lot of questions if it's confirmed that Nick Herbert has quit the government. Herbert was Shadow Justice Secretary in opposition and was considered an unfair overlook for a cabinet post when the coalition was formed.

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A sideways move for Prisk from BIS.

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A sideways move for Prisk from BIS.

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\"JGForsyth\"

@ JGForsyth :

Nick Herbert quits in reshuffle. Mark Harper to immigration, Damian Green to policing

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He had been tipped as co-chair of the Conservative party, and there was a lot of speculation this morning as Fallon spent all morning inside Number 10.

Fallon joins Nick Clegg's former Parliamentary aide Jo Swinson at BIS, while Lib Dem Norman Lamb heads over to Health.

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He had been tipped as co-chair of the Conservative party, and there was a lot of speculation this morning as Fallon spent all morning inside Number 10.

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Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, in response to the appointment of Jeremy Hunt as Secretary of State for Health, said:

\"The NHS was supposed to be the Prime Minister’s number one priority. Swapping one failed Minister with poor judgment for another is a strange way to show that.

\"Right now, the NHS needs somebody who believes in its values and is ready to stand up for it. Instead, the Prime Minister has given it the man who reportedly tried to remove the NHS tribute from the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games.

\"NHS staff fearful of the Government’s drive to open up the NHS to full competition will take no comfort whatsoever to find a man in charge who, in his last job, bent over backwards to promote powerful private-sector interests.

\"Andrew Lansley’s crime was supposed to be his failure to communicate his reforms. What the Prime Minister doesn’t understand is it is the NHS policies that are wrong, not the way he is selling them. Appointing a ‘yes-man’ to run the NHS will not bring the change of direction in health policy that patients and staff are desperately hoping for. Judging by his record, it may make matters worse.

\"I welcome the new Secretary of State to his role but I serve notice to him today that, unless he removes the threat to the NHS from his Government’s policies, he will face the same opposition as his predecessor.\"

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Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, in response to the appointment of Jeremy Hunt as Secretary of State for Health, said:

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In a statement just released Blunt says:

“It has been a great honour and a privilege to serve in HM Government, and I have relished the job of Minister for Prisons, Probation and Youth Justice. The post has innumerable, yet wonderfully rewarding challenges, and I wish my successor, whomsoever that might be, luck in the role.

\"As a former Whip, I fully understand the challenge that the Prime Minister faces in party management around reshuffles, and whilst, of course, I am disappointed not to be able to continue to deliver the radical and far-reaching policy changes around offender management and criminal justice, I look back over the last 2 ½ with pleasure and pride over our achievements in the Ministry of Justice.”

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In a statement just released Blunt says:

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\"joncraig\"

@ joncraig :

Reshuffle latest: Talk of a big clear-out at MoD. LibDem Nick Harvey, Tories Andrew Robathan, Gerald Howarth out, Robathan to another job.

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This suggests the BIS department remains a Lib Dem Stronghold - Norman Lamb is off to Health.

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This suggests the BIS department remains a Lib Dem Stronghold - Norman Lamb is off to Health.

"},{"id":"117","created":"04/09/2012 14:29 BST","title":"JUST IN: Norman Lamb moves to Health under Jeremy Hunt... Teather Out","tweet_link":"117_just-in-norman-lamb-moves-to-health-under-jeremy-hunt-teather-out","entry_text":"

Norman Lamb, a Lib Dem and close adviser to Nick Clegg, moves from BIS to Health - ensuring that the balance of coalition remains the same as it was before.

The Lib Dems are saying that Sarah Teather is leaving goverment to concentrate on fighting her constituency at the next election.

And it is true that Teather faces a serious challenge from Labour - here's the 2010 result from her North London Seat:

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Norman Lamb, a Lib Dem and close adviser to Nick Clegg, moves from BIS to Health - ensuring that the balance of coalition remains the same as it was before.

The Lib Dems are saying that Sarah Teather is leaving goverment to concentrate on fightin...Read More"},{"id":"116","created":"04/09/2012 13:52 BST","title":"Laws to have a 'roving brief' - like Ken Clarke!","tweet_link":"116_laws-to-have-a-roving-brief-like-ken-clarke","entry_text":"

\"BBCNormanS\"

@ BBCNormanS :

Lib Dem folk say David Laws will have a roving brief as well as position as an Education Minister #reshuffle

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PM appoints Oliver Heald as Solicitor General. A promotion from the backbenches.

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PM appoints Oliver Heald as Solicitor General. A promotion from the backbenches.

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Huffpost's Dina Rickman explores Jeremy Hunt's voting record in this article just published.

The top line:

In 2008 the-then MP for South West Surrey voted for the abortion time limit to be reduced to 12 weeks from 24, according to data from Publicwhip.

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Huffpost's Dina Rickman explores Jeremy Hunt's voting record in this article just published.

The top li...Read More"},{"id":"113","created":"04/09/2012 12:52 BST","title":"Confirmation that Ken Clarke is Minister Without Portfolio","tweet_link":"113_confirmation-that-ken-clarke-is-minister-without-portfolio","entry_text":"

From Number 10

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From Number 10

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The Press Association reports;

London Mayor Boris Johnson hit out at the removal of Justine Greening as Transport Secretary, saying it meant the government was intent on the “simply mad” policy of a new runway at Heathrow, and vowed to fight any such expansion “all the way”.

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The Press Association reports;

London Mayor Boris Johnson hit out at the removal of Justine Greening as Transport Secretary, saying it meant the government was intent on the “simply mad” policy of a new runway at Heathrow, and vow...Read More"},{"id":"111","created":"04/09/2012 12:31 BST","title":"Cabinet changes in full","tweet_link":"111_cabinet-changes-in-full","entry_text":"

So the top table is complete:

THE CHANGES:

  • Grant Shapps as Minister without Portfolio (attending Cabinet)
  • Baroness Warsi as Senior Minister of State at the Foreign Office and Minister for Faith and Communities (attending Cabinet)
  • Owen Paterson as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Patrick McLoughlin as Secretary of State for Transport
  • Justine Greening as Secretary of State for International Development
  • Maria Miller as Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport and Minister for Women and Equalities
  • Theresa Villiers as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
  • Chris Grayling as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
  • Jeremy Hunt as Secretary of State for Health
  • Andrew Lansley as Leader of the House of Commons
  • David Laws is tipped to return to government as an Education minister but with Cabinet Office duties, too.

THOSE STAYING PUT

  • Iain Duncan Smith stays at DWP, having turned down Justice
  • George Osborne remains chancellor, despite the Paralympics audience wishing otherwise
  • Philip Hammond stays at Defence
  • Theresa May remains at the Home Office
  • William Hague stays at the Foreign Office

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So the top table is complete:

THE CHANGES:

  • Grant Shapps as Minister without Portfolio (attending Cabinet)
  • Baroness Warsi as Senior Minister of State at the Foreign Office and Minister for Faith and Communities (attending Cab...Read More"},{"id":"110","created":"04/09/2012 12:23 BST","title":"CCHQ confirms HuffPost exclusive: Shapps is party chair","tweet_link":"110_cchq-confirms-huffpost-exclusive-shapps-is-party-chair","entry_text":"

    A tweet from the CCHQ press office welcomes Grant Shapps as new party Chairman

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    A tweet from the CCHQ press office welcomes Grant Shapps as new party Chairman

    "},{"id":"109","created":"04/09/2012 12:20 BST","title":"PM appoints Grant Shapps as Minister without Portfolio (attending Cabinet).","tweet_link":"109_pm-appoints-grant-shapps-as-minister-without-portfolio-attending-cabinet","entry_text":"

    Still speculation about whether he's party chairman - Sky are saying he is, but this is not explicit in No10's statement.

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    Still speculation about whether he's party chairman - Sky are saying he is, but this is not explicit in No10's statement.

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    From Number 10:

    • The Prime Minister has appointed Owen Paterson as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
    • The Prime Minister has appointed Patrick McLoughlin as Secretary of State for Transport
    • The Prime Minister has appointed Justine Greening as Secretary of State for International Development
    • The Prime Minister has appointed Maria Miller as Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport and Minister for Women and Equalities

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    From Number 10:

    • The Prime Minister has appointed Owen Paterson as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
    • The Prime Minister has appointed Patrick McLoughlin as Secretary of State for Transport
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      Sky confirms that David Jones is Welsh Secretary.

      Let's rewind to last night's texts...

      \"jones\"

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      Sky confirms that David Jones is Welsh Secretary.

      Let's rewind to last night's texts...

      "},{"id":"106","created":"04/09/2012 12:06 BST","title":"Maria Miller is new Culture Secretary","tweet_link":"106_maria-miller-is-new-culture-secretary","entry_text":"

      She has just left Downing Street.

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      She has just left Downing Street.

      "},{"id":"105","created":"04/09/2012 12:05 BST","title":"Justine Greening leaves Number 10 \"mighty unimpressed\"","tweet_link":"105_justine-greening-leaves-number-10-mighty-unimpressed","entry_text":"

      Just getting a pic but Justine Greening left Number 10 with the International Development Brief after spending more than an hour in there.

      Her face said it all - she's not happy.

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      Just getting a pic but Justine Greening left Number 10 with the International Development Brief after spending more than an hour in there.

      Her face said it all - she's not happy.

      "},{"id":"103","created":"04/09/2012 11:56 BST","title":"Guardian says Warsi has accepted ministerial job at Foreign Office","tweet_link":"103_guardian-says-warsi-has-accepted-ministerial-job-at-foreign-office","entry_text":"

      According to Nick Watt she will attend Cabinet and also lead on faith and community issues for the government.

      So quite a busy brief, which will include her leading in the House of Lords on all foreign issues, we gather.

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      According to Nick Watt she will attend Cabinet and also lead on faith and community issues for the government.

      So quite a busy brief, which will include her leading in the House of Lords on all foreign issues, we gather.

      "},{"id":"102","created":"04/09/2012 11:46 BST","title":"Grant Shapps arrives at Number 10...","tweet_link":"102_grant-shapps-arrives-at-number-10","entry_text":"

      So a promotion in the offing for him.

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      So a promotion in the offing for him.

      "},{"id":"101","created":"04/09/2012 11:40 BST","title":"Latest moves...","tweet_link":"101_latest-moves","entry_text":"

      Here's a flurry of recent announcements and unofficial confirmations...

      - Owen Paterson moves to Department of Environment

      - David Laws goes to Education as a junior minister but also has a brief in the Cabinet Office

      - Patrick McLouglin confirmed at Transport.

      Justine Greening - now ex-Transport Secretary, remains in Number 10, as does Maria Miller.

      Also in there is Michael Fallon, who is a tip for party Chairman. Grant Shapps hasn't been to Number 10 so far - We were told he was getting the job last night but has IDS' truculence and reports about Shapps' private internet alias Michael Green forced a late change?

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      Here's a flurry of recent announcements and unofficial confirmations...

      - Owen Paterson moves to Department of Environment

      - David Laws goes to Education as a junior minister but also has a brief in the Cabinet Office

      - Patrick McLoug...Read More"},{"id":"100","created":"04/09/2012 11:24 BST","title":"Maria Miller arrives at Number 10..","tweet_link":"100_maria-miller-arrives-at-number-10","entry_text":"

      ..so she's got herself a top job as expected.

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      ..so she's got herself a top job as expected.

      "},{"id":"99","created":"04/09/2012 11:11 BST","title":"Happy looking Hunt...","tweet_link":"99_happy-looking-hunt","entry_text":"

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      Probably the most significant move of the Reshuffle so far - and a lot of people venting about it on Twitter.

      \"RUPERT MURDOCH TO BUY THE NHS\" is a popular tweet that's doing the rounds.

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      Probably the most significant move of the Reshuffle so far - and a lot of people venting about it on Twitter.

      \"RUPERT MURDOCH TO BUY THE NHS\" is a popular tweet that's doing the rounds.

      "},{"id":"98","created":"04/09/2012 11:09 BST","title":"No 10 confirms what Hunt has already told the BBC","tweet_link":"98_no-10-confirms-what-hunt-has-already-told-the-bbc","entry_text":"

      \"Number10gov\"

      @ Number10gov :

      PM appoints Jeremy Hunt as Secretary of State for Health. #reshuffle

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      Hunt confirms to the BBC on Live TV that he's been given health

      ","short_text":"

      Hunt confirms to the BBC on Live TV that he's been given health

      "},{"id":"96","created":"04/09/2012 11:05 BST","title":"Reports: Jeremy Hunt is new Health Secretary","tweet_link":"96_reports-jeremy-hunt-is-new-health-secretary","entry_text":"

      Not confirmed by Number 10 so far .. checking..

      ","short_text":"

      Not confirmed by Number 10 so far .. checking..

      "},{"id":"95","created":"04/09/2012 10:49 BST","title":"Press Association : David Laws to replace Sarah Teather as Education Minister","tweet_link":"95_press-association-david-laws-to-replace-sarah-teather-as-education-minister","entry_text":"

      PA WIRE FLASH:

      Lib Dem MP David Laws is in line to make a Government comeback by replacing Sarah Teather as education minister, according to sources.

      ","short_text":"

      PA WIRE FLASH:

      Lib Dem MP David Laws is in line to make a Government comeback by replacing Sarah Teather as education minister, according to sources.

      "},{"id":"94","created":"04/09/2012 10:45 BST","title":"No10: Grayling to Justice","tweet_link":"94_no10-grayling-to-justice","entry_text":"

      Just announced on the Number 10 twitter feed

      ","short_text":"

      Just announced on the Number 10 twitter feed
      \n

      "},{"id":"93","created":"04/09/2012 10:44 BST","title":"Justine Greening arrives at Number 10...","tweet_link":"93_justine-greening-arrives-at-number-10","entry_text":"

      So she's still in the Cabinet somewhere...

      ","short_text":"

      So she's still in the Cabinet somewhere...

      "},{"id":"92","created":"04/09/2012 10:32 BST","title":"Theresa Villiers gets Northern Ireland","tweet_link":"92_theresa-villiers-gets-northern-ireland","entry_text":"

      Villiers has just left Number 10 - she replaces Owen Paterson as Northern Ireland secretary

      ","short_text":"

      Villiers has just left Number 10 - she replaces Owen Paterson as Northern Ireland secretary

      "},{"id":"91","created":"04/09/2012 10:31 BST","title":"Ken Clarke says demotion talk is \"daft\"","tweet_link":"91_ken-clarke-says-demotion-talk-is-daft","entry_text":"

      Ken Clarke has denied that being moved from Justice Secretary to minister without portfolio was a humiliation, telling reporters: “Being offered a job in the Cabinet at my age - don’t be daft.”

      ","short_text":"

      Ken Clarke has denied that being moved from Justice Secretary to minister without portfolio was a humiliation, telling reporters: “Being offered a job in the Cabinet at my age - don’t be daft.”

      "},{"id":"90","created":"04/09/2012 10:30 BST","title":"BBC: Edward Garnier is no longer solicitor general","tweet_link":"90_bbc-edward-garnier-is-no-longer-solicitor-general","entry_text":"

      This announced on their news channel in the past few seconds..

      ","short_text":"

      This announced on their news channel in the past few seconds..

      "},{"id":"89","created":"04/09/2012 10:29 BST","title":"The Times: Lansley to become Leader of the Commons","tweet_link":"89_the-times-lansley-to-become-leader-of-the-commons","entry_text":"

      \"SamCoatesTimes\"

      @ SamCoatesTimes :

      Andrew Lansley to leader of the House

      ","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ SamCoatesTimes :\r\nAndrew Lansley to leader of the House\r\n"},{"id":"88","created":"04/09/2012 10:28 BST","title":"Jeremy Hunt arrives in No10 in a ministerial car","tweet_link":"88_jeremy-hunt-arrives-in-no10-in-a-ministerial-car","entry_text":"

      Suggesting he still has a Cabinet role.

      ","short_text":"

      Suggesting he still has a Cabinet role.

      "},{"id":"87","created":"04/09/2012 10:21 BST","title":"Chris Grayling enters Number 10...","tweet_link":"87_chris-grayling-enters-number-10","entry_text":"

      And unsurprisingly says nothing. Tipped for Justice.

      ","short_text":"

      And unsurprisingly says nothing. Tipped for Justice.

      "},{"id":"86","created":"04/09/2012 10:21 BST","title":"Theresa Villiers in Number 10","tweet_link":"86_theresa-villiers-in-number-10","entry_text":"

      We were told last night that only people keeping their jobs would be made to walk up Downing Street...

      ","short_text":"

      We were told last night that only people keeping their jobs would be made to walk up Downing Street...

      "},{"id":"85","created":"04/09/2012 10:12 BST","title":"Update on what the commentators are saying..","tweet_link":"85_update-on-what-the-commentators-are-saying","entry_text":"

      Cameron is back at number 10 having spent an hour or so at his office in Parliament.

      What we know so far:

      • Michael Gove is staying at Education
      • Iain Duncan Smith stays at the Department for Work and Pensions having turned down a move to the Ministry of Justice
      • Three women have lost their jobs in Cabinet; Sayeeda Warsi, Caroline Spelman and Cheryl Gillan.
      • Comments have seized on the failure of the PM to shuffle IDS and the current female deficit at the top table.

      ","short_text":"

      Cameron is back at number 10 having spent an hour or so at his office in Parliament.

      What we know so far:

      • Michael Gove is staying at Education
      • Iain Duncan Smith stays at the Department for Work and Pensions havin...Read More"},{"id":"84","created":"04/09/2012 10:03 BST","title":"PM's authority on the line - #omnishuffle soon to be a hashtag?","tweet_link":"84_pms-authority-on-the-line-omnishuffle-soon-to-be-a-hashtag","entry_text":"

        \"tnewtondunn\"

        @ tnewtondunn :

        At least two Cabinet ministers have now refused to take on new jobs - PM needs to get a grip quick, or it'll be #omni-shuffle-shambles.

        ","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ tnewtondunn :\r\nAt least two Cabinet ministers have now refused to take on new jobs - PM needs to get a grip quick, or it'll...Read More"},{"id":"83","created":"04/09/2012 10:01 BST","title":"BBC: Cameron has returned to Downing Street from the Commons","tweet_link":"83_bbc-cameron-has-returned-to-downing-street-from-the-commons","entry_text":"

        \"BBCNormanS\"

        @ BBCNormanS :

        PM just returned to Downing ST from his Commons Office. The butchery is over ?? #reshuffle

        ","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ BBCNormanS :\r\nPM just returned to Downing ST from his Commons Office. The butchery is over ?? #reshuffle\r\n"},{"id":"82","created":"04/09/2012 09:56 BST","title":"ConHome suggests Grayling to Justice...","tweet_link":"82_conhome-suggests-grayling-to-justice","entry_text":"

        After IDS seemingly turned down a move from DWP, speculation on Conservative Home that the Justice brief will go to Chris Grayling, currently employment minister

        ","short_text":"

        After IDS seemingly turned down a move from DWP, speculation on Conservative Home that the Justice brief will go to Chris Grayling, curren...Read More"},{"id":"81","created":"04/09/2012 09:36 BST","title":"The Sun: IDS and Gove aren't moving","tweet_link":"81_the-sun-ids-and-gove-arent-moving","entry_text":"

        \"tnewtondunn\"

        @ tnewtondunn :

        Confirmed - IDS and Gove stay in their jobs. The PM's \"key reformers and he wants them to stay in place\", says No10 source.

        ","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ tnewtondunn :\r\nConfirmed - IDS and Gove stay in their jobs. The PM's \"key reformers and he wants them to stay in place\", sa...Read More"},{"id":"80","created":"04/09/2012 09:34 BST","title":"Praise for Ken Clarke from prison reformers...","tweet_link":"80_praise-for-ken-clarke-from-prison-reformers","entry_text":"

        Frances Crook, Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, said:

        “Kenneth Clarke was a breath of fresh air as Justice Secretary. Rather than grabbing cheap headlines, he focused on cutting reoffending and saving taxpayers’ money.

        “He fought to get prisoners doing an honest day’s work rather than lying around in bed. He has started to shift the balance towards community sentences that change lives and reduce crime and away from the old cliché of ‘prison works’. These policies will save money and save lives.

        “We look forward to working with the new Justice Secretary to push forward the Coalition agreement commitment to a ‘rehabilitation revolution’, get prisoners working and reform sentencing.”

        ","short_text":"

        Frances Crook, Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, said:
        \n

        “Kenneth Clarke was a breath of fresh air as Justice Secretary. Rather than grabbing cheap headlines, he focused on cutting reoffending and saving t...Read More"},{"id":"79","created":"04/09/2012 09:24 BST","title":"An old hand muses on how things don't go to plan...","tweet_link":"79_an-old-hand-muses-on-how-things-dont-go-to-plan","entry_text":"

        \"PeterHain\"

        @ PeterHain :

        The one thing predictable about reshuffles is their unpredictability - even for the PM: never goes exactly to plan

        ","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ PeterHain :\r\nThe one thing predictable about reshuffles is their unpredictability - even for the PM: never goes exactly to plan...Read More"},{"id":"78","created":"04/09/2012 09:24 BST","title":"Cameron is in his Commons office 'continuing the knifing'","tweet_link":"78_cameron-is-in-his-commons-office-continuing-the-knifing","entry_text":"

        \"JoeMurphyLondon\"

        @ JoeMurphyLondon :

        I just caught David Cameron & Ed Llewellyn slipping into Commons. I asked how it was going & DC replied, testily, \"Good morning\"

        ","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ JoeMurphyLondon :\r\nI just caught David Cameron & Ed Llewellyn slipping into Commons. I asked how it was going &...Read More"},{"id":"77","created":"04/09/2012 09:23 BST","title":"SKY: Iain Duncan Smith 'Agonising' over Justice","tweet_link":"77_sky-iain-duncan-smith-agonising-over-justice","entry_text":"

        Joey Jones reports that IDS is being offered Justice and he can't decide whether to take it. IDS once reportedly told Cameron that Work and Pensions was the only job he wanted.

        Sky says IDS is \"hugely torn\" about it.

        \"ids\"

        ","short_text":"

        Joey Jones reports that IDS is being offered Justice and he can't decide whether to take it. IDS once reportedly told Cameron that Work and Pensions was the only job he wanted.

        Sky says IDS is \"hugely torn\" about it.

        "},{"id":"76","created":"04/09/2012 09:17 BST","title":"No 10 confirms no Cabinet today...","tweet_link":"76_no-10-confirms-no-cabinet-today","entry_text":"

        The PM's deputy official spokesman announced via email.

        ","short_text":"

        The PM's deputy official spokesman announced via email.

        "},{"id":"75","created":"04/09/2012 08:40 BST","title":"\"This is a lurch to the right\"","tweet_link":"75_this-is-a-lurch-to-the-right","entry_text":"

        \"If Sayeeda decides to go, and doesnt do a Clarke, the Cameron project is over,\" says a Tory source. \"This is a lurch to the right\".

        ","short_text":"

        \"If Sayeeda decides to go, and doesnt do a Clarke, the Cameron project is over,\" says a Tory source. \"This is a lurch to the right\".

        "},{"id":"74","created":"04/09/2012 08:18 BST","title":"Will Warsi take demotion? ","tweet_link":"74_will-warsi-take-demotion-","entry_text":"

        Huffpost understands the job on the table is a junior Foreign Office position. Baroness Warsi has yet to accept it.

        ","short_text":"

        Huffpost understands the job on the table is a junior Foreign Office position. Baroness Warsi has yet to accept it.

        "},{"id":"73","created":"04/09/2012 08:16 BST","title":"BBC reports Caroline Spelman has lost her job","tweet_link":"73_bbc-reports-caroline-spelman-has-lost-her-job","entry_text":"

        Nick Robinson, BBC political editor, says :

        Warsi, Spelman & Clarke saw PM last night to hear bad news.Ken stays as Min without portfolio, \"wise head\" and adviser on economy.

        ","short_text":"

        Nick Robinson, BBC political editor, says :

        Warsi, Spelman & Clarke saw PM last night to hear bad news.Ken stays as Min without portfolio, \"wise head\" and adviser on economy.

        "},{"id":"72","created":"04/09/2012 08:03 BST","title":"Good morning - happy Reshuffle day.","tweet_link":"72_good-morning-happy-reshuffle-day","entry_text":"

        Last time we saw Ken Clarke he was going for a curry. This morning the BBC reports Clarke has agreed to leave his role as Justice Secretary but is likely to remain in the government.

        ","short_text":"

        Last time we saw Ken Clarke he was going for a curry. This morning the BBC reports Clarke has agreed to leave his role as Justice Secretary but is likely to remain in the government.

        "},{"id":"71","created":"04/09/2012 01:05 BST","title":"Exclusive: Warsi loses chairmanship","tweet_link":"71_exclusive-warsi-loses-chairmanship","entry_text":"

        We have been told that Sayeeda Warsi has been offered another seat at the Cabinet table. The role on offer at the time of writing is rumoured to be as a junior Foreign Office minister with a seat at the Cabinet table, a position she has not yet accepted.

        Huffington Post has learned from senior government sources that Sayeeda Warsi is replaced by Grant Shapps.

        ","short_text":"

        We have been told that Sayeeda Warsi has been offered another seat at the Cabinet table. The role on offer at the time of writing is rumoured to be as a junior Foreign Office minister with a seat at the Cabinet table, a position she has not yet accepte...Read More"},{"id":"69","created":"03/09/2012 23:23 BST","title":"Daily Mail says Lansley is making a 'shock exit'","tweet_link":"69_daily-mail-says-lansley-is-making-a-shock-exit","entry_text":"

        \"lansle\"

        ","short_text":"

        "},{"id":"68","created":"03/09/2012 23:21 BST","title":"Multiple sources; First Lib Dem casualty","tweet_link":"68_multiple-sources-first-lib-dem-casualty","entry_text":"

        Two seperate sources suggest health minister Paul Burstow has left the government. The first Lib Dem to lose their place. With Lansley far from safe, we could be looking at a big shake-up at DoH.

        \"pa9230507\"

        ","short_text":"

        Two seperate sources suggest health minister Paul Burstow has left the government. The first Lib Dem to lose their place. With Lansley far from safe, we could be looking at a big shake-up at DoH.

        "},{"id":"67","created":"03/09/2012 23:17 BST","title":"SKY NEWS: Ken Clarke is out","tweet_link":"67_sky-news-ken-clarke-is-out","entry_text":"

        Sky reports that Clarke was offered and turned down Leader of the Commons. So he's gone.

        Here's a fairly gratuitous shot of him from 1996.

        \"kcq\"

        He really has been in government for a shockingly long time, on and off. At 72, this is surely the end of his political career (?)

        ","short_text":"

        Sky reports that Clarke was offered and turned down Leader of the Commons. So he's gone.

        Here's a fairly gratuitous shot of him from 1996.

        He really has been in government for a shockingly long time, on and off. At 72, this...Read More"},{"id":"66","created":"03/09/2012 22:45 BST","title":"Is gossip good for public health, Anne Milton? ","tweet_link":"66_is-gossip-good-for-public-health-anne-milton-","entry_text":"

        \"AnneMiltonMP\"

        @ AnneMiltonMP :

        Slightly early finish at 9.45pm. Gossip, rumour and speculation abound on reshuffle!

        ","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ AnneMiltonMP :\r\nSlightly early finish at 9.45pm. Gossip, rumour and speculation abound on reshuffle!\r\n"},{"id":"65","created":"03/09/2012 22:17 BST","title":"Cameron's words on Mitchell becoming Chief Whip..","tweet_link":"65_camerons-words-on-mitchell-becoming-chief-whip","entry_text":"

        The Press Association reports these words from the PM:

        Cameron said:

        \"Andrew has done a superb job as Britain's Development Secretary. He has made British development policy transparent, focused and highly effective.

        \"His energy and passionate commitment have placed Britain at the forefront of international efforts to improve the lives of millions of the world's poorest people. He has made a real difference.

        \"As Chief Whip, Andrew will ensure strong support for our radical legislative programme, by working hard to win the argument in the Commons as well as playing a big role in the No 10 team. He will be invaluable as the Government embarks on the next, vital phase of its mission to restore our economy to growth and reform our public services.\"

        ","short_text":"

        The Press Association reports these words from the PM:

        Cameron said:

        \"Andrew has done a superb job as Britain's Development Secretary. He has made British development policy transparent, focused and highly effective.

        \"His...Read More"},{"id":"64","created":"03/09/2012 22:11 BST","title":"ITV calling Patrick McLoughlin for Transport","tweet_link":"64_itv-calling-patrick-mcloughlin-for-transport","entry_text":"

        The ITV 10 o'clock news is suggesting Patrick McLoughlin will replace Justine Greening, her fate is not disclosed.

        \"pm\"

        Here's McLoughlin - someone few outside the Westminster village will recognise as he's been behind the scenes for much of his political career, whipping Tory MPs both in opposition and government.

        ","short_text":"

        The ITV 10 o'clock news is suggesting Patrick McLoughlin will replace Justine Greening, her fate is not disclosed.

        Here's McLoughlin - someone few outside the Westminster village will recognise as he's been behind the scenes for much of h...Read More"},{"id":"63","created":"03/09/2012 22:05 BST","title":"BBC News now calling Mitchell as Chief Whip...","tweet_link":"63_bbc-news-now-calling-mitchell-as-chief-whip","entry_text":"

        Nick Robinson said as much on the 10 o'clock news a few moments ago...

        ","short_text":"

        Nick Robinson said as much on the 10 o'clock news a few moments ago...

        "},{"id":"62","created":"03/09/2012 21:55 BST","title":"JUST IN: If you go to David Willetts' website...","tweet_link":"62_just-in-if-you-go-to-david-willetts-website","entry_text":"

        All you will see is this...

        \"willlets\"

        It's definitely the Higher Education Minister's personal site, and it's just been replaced with this odd holding page.

        ","short_text":"

        All you will see is this...

        It's definitely the Higher Education Minister's personal site, and it's just been replaced with this odd holding page.

        "},{"id":"61","created":"03/09/2012 21:43 BST","title":"Pity the subeditors...","tweet_link":"61_pity-the-subeditors","entry_text":"

        One thing everyone can agree on is that Cameron has picked a lousy time to reshuffle from the newspapers' point of view. Nevertheless the i newspaper is first off the presses tonight...

        \"i

        ","short_text":"

        One thing everyone can agree on is that Cameron has picked a lousy time to reshuffle from the newspapers' point of view. Nevertheless the i newspaper is first off the presses tonight...

        "},{"id":"60","created":"03/09/2012 21:33 BST","title":"Faint praise from the other side...","tweet_link":"60_faint-praise-from-the-other-side","entry_text":"

        \"KarlTurnerMP\"

        @ KarlTurnerMP :

        Govt reshuffle: Be very surprised if @Anna_SoubryMP not promoted in reshuffle? Rarely agree with he politics but she is very competent!

        ","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ KarlTurnerMP :\r\nGovt reshuffle: Be very surprised if @Anna_SoubryMP not pr...Read More"},{"id":"59","created":"03/09/2012 21:33 BST","title":"Korma Gain? Ken Clarke is off for a curry (reportedly)","tweet_link":"59_korma-gain-ken-clarke-is-off-for-a-curry-reportedly","entry_text":"

        All he would say when he was asked for reshuffle news a few minutes ago was \"I'm off for a curry\"

        \"ken

        Any other curry related reshuffle gags in this box, cheers >>>>>

        ","short_text":"

        All he would say when he was asked for reshuffle news a few minutes ago was \"I'm off for a curry\"

        Any other curry related reshuffle gags in this box, cheers >>>>>

        "},{"id":"58","created":"03/09/2012 21:21 BST","title":"What is Norman Lamb playing at??","tweet_link":"58_what-is-norman-lamb-playing-at","entry_text":"

        \"normanlamb\"

        @ normanlamb :

        Government reshuffle

        ","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ normanlamb :\r\nGovernment reshuffle\r\n"},{"id":"57","created":"03/09/2012 21:17 BST","title":"Featherstone to Communities?","tweet_link":"57_featherstone-to-communities","entry_text":"

        We've had two sources suggesting this in the past hour, one coming from the Palace of Westminster.

        \"feathge\"

        What is unclear is whether Featherstone is replacing Eric Pickles, or just moving to CLG to work underneath him. Either way, it's not a great choice. Featherstone is a very middling minister and there are more capable Lib Dem women Cameron could choose from.

        ","short_text":"

        We've had two sources suggesting this in the past hour, one coming from the Palace of Westminster.

        What is unclear is whether Featherstone is replacing Eric Pickles, or just moving to CLG to work underneath him. Either way, it's not a gr...Read More"},{"id":"55","created":"03/09/2012 20:53 BST","title":"Ooh David Jones you big tease!","tweet_link":"55_ooh-david-jones-you-big-tease","entry_text":"

        After his tantalisingly cryptic tweet (see immediately below) - David Jones has just clarified:

        Slip of the thumb. Was supposed to be a DM in reply to a friend.

        ","short_text":"

        After his tantalisingly cryptic tweet (see immediately below) - David Jones has just clarified:

        Slip of the thumb. Was supposed to be a DM in reply to a friend.

        "},{"id":"54","created":"03/09/2012 20:47 BST","title":"A VERY interesting (if cryptic) Tweet....","tweet_link":"54_a-very-interesting-if-cryptic-tweet","entry_text":"

        \"DavidJonesMP\"

        @ DavidJonesMP :

        Well I'll be darned

        ","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ DavidJonesMP :\r\nWell I'll be darned\r\n"},{"id":"53","created":"03/09/2012 20:46 BST","title":"Bad news for those reading anything into Osborne's booing woes..","tweet_link":"53_bad-news-for-those-reading-anything-into-osbornes-booing-woes","entry_text":"

        Lots of people are hoping that Osborne getting booed by what sounds like the entire stadium at Stratford will mean he'll be reshuffled out.

        Not a chance. We already know that Osborne was consulted on the reshuffle this afternoon, as was Nick Clegg and Danny Alexander - the four members of the Quad including the PM. Osborne's unlikely to be going anywhere.

        ","short_text":"

        Lots of people are hoping that Osborne getting booed by what sounds like the entire stadium at Stratford will mean he'll be reshuffled out.

        Not a chance. We already know that Osborne was consulted on the reshuffle this afternoon, as was Nick Cl...Read More"},{"id":"51","created":"03/09/2012 20:15 BST","title":"is underway - Cameron ringing ministers, and whose Twitter has changed?","tweet_link":"51_is-underway-cameron-ringing-ministers-and-whose-twitter-has-changed","entry_text":"

        And eagle-eyed observers have noticed that someone's updated their Twitter profile info...

        \"screencapture\"

        ","short_text":"

        And eagle-eyed observers have noticed that someone's updated their Twitter profile info...

        "},{"id":"50","created":"03/09/2012 18:47 BST","title":"Guardian sees Hunt making sideways move...","tweet_link":"50_guardian-sees-hunt-making-sideways-move","entry_text":"

        Dan Sabbagh at The Guardian has written on Monday evening:

        Jeremy Hunt is expecting to lose his post as culture secretary in the impending cabinet reshuffle, according to sources familiar with the cabinet member's thinking.

        It remains possible that the prime minister will leave Hunt in post – but there is speculation that the minister once seen as a rising star will move sideways to the Department for International Development.

        This isn't surprising but a move to DfID would suggest Andrew Mitchell could be heading off to run the whips office.

        ","short_text":"

        Dan Sabbagh at The Guardian has written on Monday evening:

        Jeremy Hunt is ...Read More"},{"id":"49","created":"03/09/2012 15:41 BST","title":"Nick Boles cancels policy exchange speech for 9:30am Tuesday","tweet_link":"49_nick-boles-cancels-policy-exchange-speech-for-930am-tuesday","entry_text":"

        Boles has been tipped for a promotion with lots of talk of him becoming a whip. The speech was due to be given to policy exchange and has been shelved due to \"unforeseen circumstances\"

        ","short_text":"

        Boles has been tipped for a promotion with lots of talk of him becoming a whip. The speech was due to be given to policy exchange and has been shelved due to \"unforeseen circumstances\"

        "},{"id":"47","created":"03/09/2012 09:42 BST","title":"Stand by your phones","tweet_link":"47_stand-by-your-phones","entry_text":"

        \"JakeBerryMP\"

        @ JakeBerryMP :

        I hear Cabinet should be reshuffled by tonight with everyone else knowing on Tuesday

        ","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ JakeBerryMP :\r\nI hear Cabinet should be reshuffled by tonight with everyone else knowing on Tuesday\r\n"},{"id":"46","created":"03/09/2012 09:42 BST","title":"Jeremy Hunt to Health?","tweet_link":"46_jeremy-hunt-to-health","entry_text":"

        I wouldn’t be surprised if Jeremy Hunt replaces Andrew Lansley at Health.

        ...so writes Paul Waugh from Politicshome on Monday morning. And while commentators are generally agreement that Osborne, May, Hague and Hammond aren't moving, there's less conviction in the thought that Andrew Lansley will stay where he is.

        ","short_text":"

        I wouldn’t be surprised if Jeremy Hunt replaces Andrew Lansley at Health.

        ...so writes Paul Waugh from Politicshome on Monday morning. And while commentators are generally agreement that Osborne, May, Hague and Hammond...Read More"},{"id":"45","created":"03/09/2012 09:41 BST","title":"Laws to Education as a part-timer","tweet_link":"45_laws-to-education-as-a-parttimer","entry_text":"

        The Guardian reported that David Laws could \"become a minister in the education department and have an informal role across government.\"

        This after the prospect of him a Cabinet Office minister was ruled out as it would exceed the Lib/Con balance in government as set out in the coalition agreement.

        One thing seems certain - this man is coming back to front-line politics.

        \"david

        ","short_text":"

        The Guardian reported that David Laws could \"become a minister in the education department and have an informal role across gove...Read More"},{"id":"44","created":"28/08/2012 11:05 BST","title":"Greening has \"talked herself out of a job\"...","tweet_link":"44_greening-has-talked-herself-out-of-a-job","entry_text":"

        So says The Week, who after listening to the Transport Secretary remorselessly trying to shut down speculation about a Heathrow U-turn, writes the following:

        So far, Cameron has been resisting Heathrow expansion because of the green objections of his coalition partners, the Liberal Democrats – Nick Clegg their leader is against it. But Cameron is now going to be accused of being a 'mouse' by his own side if he doesn't back the third runway.

        Greening's bold words this morning mean Cameron cannot leave her at Transport if he wants to do a U-turn over Heathrow.

        \"greening\"

        There will be speculation that Cameron did not realise he was going to have to U-turn on Heathrow when he moved Justine Greening to Transport last autumn in the wake of Liam Fox's resignation. But then no decision will be taken before 2015 anyway.

        What has happened in the last 10 months is the complaints from the aviation industry about a lack of capacity have broken out into the open and become a clamour. In addition Tories who were more loyal and meek a year ago have become more rebellious and independent-minded.

        ","short_text":"

        So says The Week, who after listening to the Transport Secretary remorselessly trying to shut down speculation about a Heathrow U-turn, writes the following:

        So far, Cameron has been resisting Heathrow expansion because of the green o...Read More"}]

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