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Reshuffle 2014 Live Updates: William Hague And Ken Clarke Quit

10/07/2014 16:43 | Updated 14 July 2014
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David Cameron's last major reshuffle before the 2015 general election is underway. The prime minister is expected to promote a series of women to senior positions in the government as veteran Conservatives are edged out. You can follow the wild speculation and comings and goings here live (ish).

15/07/2014 15:46 BST

Meet your new science minister

David Cameron's new minister of state for science has drawn criticism online for his past support of the widely-discredited pseudo science of homeopathy.

Greg Clark MP, whose full title is Minister of State for Universities, Science and Cities, was among 206 MPs in 2007 who signed an early-day motion that "welcomes the positive contribution made to the health of the nation by the NHS homeopathic hospitals".

15/07/2014 15:32 BST

Hey big spenders?

David Cameron has just put the finishing touches to his reshuffle that was heavily billed as a way to add more women to the "male, pale and stale" cabinet.

Women now make up roughly a quarter of the cabinet, in contrast to the 52% share of Britain's population. But how much sway do the female cabinet ministers have in the coalition?

Out of the £360 billion across the government departments, female cabinet ministers now have a combined budget of £89.8 billion, roughly equating to a one in four pounds.

Here is how it breaks down.

15/07/2014 14:04 BST

6 reshuffle graphs you need to see

David Cameron has shaken up his top team with his last cabinet reshuffle before the 2015 general election, which was heavily trumpeted as a move to stop the cabinet looking "pale, male and stale".

But how does it really look? HuffPostUK puts Cameron's new cabinet ministers under the microscope.

15/07/2014 13:46 BST

Here's the reshuffle 'round-up'

From our comedy team.

15/07/2014 11:45 BST

The results of the reshuffle so far

David Cameron's last major reshuffle before the 2015 general election has made its big changes, with a raft of women promoted to senior positions while a range of veteran male politicians have been shown the door.

Who has survived the reshuffle? Who has been moved? HuffPost UK has rounded up the key results here.

15/07/2014 11:42 BST

Awkward news about Britain's new EU Commissioner

David Cameron has nominated Conservative peer Lord Hill, most recently the leader of the House of Lords, to be Britain's next European Commissioner.

The appointment caught some by surprise given he had recently said he did not want the job. In an interview with Conservative Home in June, Hill said he did not fancy having to live in Brussels. "I quite like it at home, in the British Isles," he said.

Asked if he would accept the job if asked by the prime minister, Hill said: "Non, non, non." However the former political secretary to John Major will soon find himself on a plane to Belgium.

15/07/2014 10:43 BST

David Cameron ally rebukes Tory reshuffle critics

Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi, a close ally of David Cameron, has warned disgruntled male Conservatives against venting their fury at being passed over promotion in the prime minister's ongoing reshuffle.

Speaking to the Huffington Post UK, Zahawi, who sits on No. 10 Downing Street's policy board, urged fellow Tory MPs to remain supportive in response to the reshuffle, adding that "people don't vote for split parties".

"My advice to all colleagues is we are a team and we are stronger when we are a team and when we are united. As long as we remain united, we'll be a force to be reckoned with," he said on Monday night.

This comes as the Tory right have sounded off about some of the Prime Minister's decisions so far, with former chairman Lord Tebbit warning that the exit of Owen Paterson as environment secretary put the party's "very wide support in the countryside" at risk.

15/07/2014 10:42 BST

David 'Two Brains' Willetts replaced

Greg Clark is the new universities minister, replacing David 'two brains' Willetts.

15/07/2014 10:30 BST

Esther McVey's move isn't quite so big...

Former TV presenter Esther McVey, who was tipped for promotion from being employment minister, has the slightly underwhelming prize of being given the right to attend cabinet.

15/07/2014 10:15 BST

Stephen Crabb takes over as Welsh Secretary

David Jones looks to have been succeeded as Welsh Secretary by his deputy, Stephen Crabb.

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Michael Gove has been moved as education secretary to being chief whip, with teaching unions expected to react with jubilation.

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Clarke, after quitting the government last night on the eve of David Cameron's reshuffle, has expressed support for all-women shortlists as a way to increase the Tory party's diversity.

The former Tory chancellor told BBC Radio 4's Today Programme that the party was \"going too slowly\" in its efforts to increase the number of female candidates, admitting: \"I would personally be in favour of all women shortlists, which i didn't use to be.\"

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Clarke, after quitting the government last night on the eve of David Cameron's reshuffle, has expressed support for all-women shortlist...Read More"},{"id":"24","created":"14/07/2014 22:27 BST","title":"Ken Clarke's resignation letter in full","tweet_link":"24_ken-clarkes-resignation-letter-in-full","entry_text":"

This is the full text of the letter written by Ken Clarke to David Cameron announcing his retirement from the Government.

Dear David,

I understand that you are proposing to re-shuffle the Government this week and I am writing to let you know that I would wish to retire from Ministerial office in your Government. I have greatly enjoyed my four years in your Cabinet and my spell in the National Security Council. I have been heavily engaged in some parts of my portfolio such as the EU/US Trade Agreement, economic reform in Europe, support for small business, export finance, the fight against corruption, secure hearings in Courts and so on. However, I have just celebrated my 74th birthday and I have been doing red boxes at night for a high proportion of my adult life. There are plenty of other able people who could take on the work that I was doing in Government and I think the time has come to return to being a veteran back bencher.

It has been fascinating to be in a Government that has had to face the worst financial crisis of my lifetime, and the aftermath of the deepest and longest recession since the war. I believe that we have saved the country from economic disaster, although we have a long way to go before we have the modern, healthy and competitive economy that the next generation needs. I have always been a radical reformer of public services and I think that people will look back on our achievements in modernising the Health Service and Education Service and the Welfare system in a favourable way. I also had the chance of introducing a truly radical and reforming Criminal Justice Bill which I think went some way toward paving the way for a system whereby punishment of serious criminals can properly be combined with the reform of rehabilitation to stop many of them offending again.

I intend to remain as an active back bencher in the House of Commons. My belief in Britain's membership of the European Union remains as firm as ever and I think the political and economic case is made even stronger in today's globalised economy and dangerously disturbed world. We must not diminish Britain's ability to influence events in the next few decades. I know that you are quite determined to have a referendum on the subject, in which I will be campaigning vigorously for a vote to keep us in the Union.

I wish you and all my colleagues well in their continuing efforts and will work for a Conservative success in the next Election. I will still no doubt occasionally offer you the benefit of my advice on various subjects, either from the back benches of the House of Commons or in the occasional private meeting.

Thank you very much for the privilege of serving in your Cabinet for the last four years.

Yours ever,

Kenneth Clarke

RT HON KENNETH CLARKE QC MP

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This is the full text of the letter written by Ken Clarke to David Cameron announcing his retirement from the Government.

Dear David,

I understand that you are proposing to re-shuffle the Government this week and I am writing to...Read More"},{"id":"23","created":"14/07/2014 22:06 BST","title":"William Hague quits","tweet_link":"23_william-hague-quits","entry_text":"

William Hague has quit as foreign secretary. He will also stand down from parliament in 2015. More details here.

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William Hague has quit as foreign secretary. He will also stand down from parliament in 2015. More details here...Read More"},{"id":"22","created":"14/07/2014 21:11 BST","title":"","tweet_link":"22_","entry_text":"

Solicitor General Oliver Heald is also reported to have lost his job.

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Solicitor General Oliver Heald is also reported to have lost his job.

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The Telegraph's Chris Hope reports that Greg Barker, the modernising energy minister, has quit and will also leave parliament at the next election.

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The Telegraph's Chris Hope reports that Greg Barker, the modernising energy minister, has quit and will also leave parliament at the next election.

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According to Sky News Dominic Grieve, the rather sensible and centrist Attorney General, is another cabinet minister to have lost his job. His departure could make it easier for Cameron to promise to change Britain's relationship with the European Court of Human Rights. Grieve was deeply opposed to the UK distancing itself from international human rights law.

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According to Sky News Dominic Grieve, the rather sensible and centrist Attorney General, is another cabinet minister to have lost his job. His departure could make it easier for Cameron to promise to change Britain's relationship with ...Read More"},{"id":"19","created":"14/07/2014 20:17 BST","title":"","tweet_link":"19_","entry_text":"

Transport minister Stephen Hammond is another junior minister to be leaving the government.

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Transport minister Stephen Hammond is another junior minister to be leaving the government.

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Police minister Damian Green is a surprise sacking in the reshuffle.

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Police minister Damian Green is a surprise sacking in the reshuffle.

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Northern Ireland minister Andrew Robathan has also quit the government.

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Northern Ireland minister Andrew Robathan has also quit the government.

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Development minister Alan Duncan is leaving DfID. Duncan is a big supporter of the 0.7% aid target, which has proved unpopular with some Tory backbenchers. He spoke to The Huffington Post earlier this year about the irrational silliness of foreign aid critics.

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Development minister Alan Duncan is leaving DfID. Duncan is a big supporter of the 0.7% aid target, which has proved unpopular with some Tory backbenchers. He spoke to Read More"},{"id":"15","created":"14/07/2014 19:41 BST","title":"","tweet_link":"15_","entry_text":"

Civil society minister Nick Hurd is also out. He had the tough job of delivering David Cameron's Big Society. That job was a tough enough ask to begin with, let alone after the prime minister appeared to stop caring about it.

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Civil society minister Nick Hurd is also out. He had the tough job of delivering David Cameron's Big Society. That job was a tough enough ask to begin with, let alone after the prime minister appeared to stop caring about it.

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Junior ministers are starting to drop like flies now. The Sun reports that universities minister David Willetts has quit and will also stand down from parliament. He had been tipped as a likely EU commissioner.

David Willetts quits as Minister for Universities and Science and announces he is to leave parliament next year.

— Sun Politics (@Sun_Politics)
July 14, 2014

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Junior ministers are starting to drop like flies now. The Sun reports that universities minister David Willetts has quit and will also stand down from parliament. He had been tipped as a likely EU commissioner.

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Cameron has scheduled the start of his reshuffle to clash with Boris Johnson's party for journalists. Which is no doubt entirely coincidental. The mayor seems to be having a laugh though:

Boris Johnson says he has been "waiting by the phone for the call to go to the European Commission". Nothing so far #reshuffle

— Matt Chorley (@MattChorley) July 14, 2014

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Cameron has scheduled the start of his reshuffle to clash with Boris Johnson's party for journalists. Which is no doubt entirely coincidental. The mayor seems to be having a laugh though:

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Tributes to Clarke's career are already coming in. Lord Howard, the former Tory leader, told BBC Radio 4's PM programme earlier: \"Ken has made the most extraordinary contribution to our public life. In particular I think he was an outstanding chancellor of the exchequer. He always speaks his mind. We've been capable of maintaining a friendship over all these years despite the fact that we have quite often disagreed with each other on political issues.

Howard, who is rumoured to be being considered for the plum EU commissioner job in Brussels, added: \"I think that says a great deal about the kind of person he is.\"

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Tributes to Clarke's career are already coming in. Lord Howard, the former Tory leader, told BBC Radio 4's PM programme earlier: \"Ken has made the most extraordinary contribution to our public life. In particular I think he was an outstanding chancello...Read More"},{"id":"11","created":"14/07/2014 18:07 BST","title":"11 of Ken Clarke's best moments","tweet_link":"11_11-of-ken-clarkes-best-moments","entry_text":"

So that's the end of Ken Clarke's absurdly long ministerial career then. He might be out of government but it's unlikely he will be keeping quiet. In celebration, here are 11 of his best moments (it includes two times he fell asleep).

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The Welsh secretary, David Jones, has been fired by the prime minister. The MP for Clwyd West confirmed that he had been sacked to ITV news. Jones was appointed Welsh secretary in 2012 when Cameron got rid of Cheryl Gillan.

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The Welsh secretary, David Jones, has been fired by the prime minister. The MP for Clwyd West confirmed that he had been sacked to Read More"},{"id":"9","created":"14/07/2014 17:46 BST","title":"Ken Clarke is leaving the government","tweet_link":"9_ken-clarke-is-leaving-the-government","entry_text":"

As @ConHistGrp note, tomorrow will be the first day of Conservative government since 1972 which doesn't include Ken Clarke. The BBC reports that the veteran cabinet minister is to leave office as David Cameron's reshuffle gets underway.

BREAKING Reshuffle has begun. Ken Clarke is leaving govt. Told friends he spent 3 days at test match last week in anticipation

— Nick Robinson (@bbcnickrobinson) July 14, 2014

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As @ConHistGrp note, tomorrow will be the first day of Conservative government since 1972 which doesn't include Ken Clarke. The BBC reports that the veteran ...Read More"},{"id":"8","created":"14/07/2014 10:02 BST","title":"Not everyone is so ki","tweet_link":"8_not-everyone-is-so-ki","entry_text":"

Not everyone thinks a big reshuffle is such a good idea of course. Aside from ministers who fear they are about to lose their jobs, the Institute for Government has published a report warning that a big change so close to the election could destabilise David Cameron's policy agenda. Not that the prime minister is going to pay any attention to that of course. And to be fair to him, he has largely resisted making constant changes to his ministerial team.

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Not everyone thinks a big reshuffle is such a good idea of course. Aside from ministers who fear they are about to lose their jobs, the Institute for Government has published a report warning that a big change so close to the election could Read More"},{"id":"7","created":"14/07/2014 09:20 BST","title":"All-women shortlists for the Tories?","tweet_link":"7_allwomen-shortlists-for-the-tories","entry_text":"

Tomorrow's reshuffle is likely to be very women friendly. But the Conservative Party still has a problem with not having enough female MPs. With that in mind David Cameron has hinted he may be open to imposing all-women shortlists The Guardian reports - on a voluntary basis. Quite what voluntary all-women shortlists are though is not quite clear. Local Tory associations have long been opposed to the idea and simply asking them to adopt the policy might not make much difference.

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Tomorrow's reshuffle is likely to be very women friendly. But the Conservative Party still has a problem with not having enough female MPs. With that in mind David Cameron has hinted he may be open to imposing all-women shortlists Read More"},{"id":"6","created":"11/07/2014 11:21 BST","title":"Reshuffle rumours overheard on the train","tweet_link":"6_reshuffle-rumours-overheard-on-the-train","entry_text":"

Sarah Quinney, a passenger on the 16.43 Chichester to London Victoria train, claims to have overheard someone on the phone chatting about the reshuffle. She wrote down what was said and posted it to Facebook.

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If true, someone in government needs to learn to send text messages rather than make loud phone calls.

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Sarah Quinney, a passenger on the 16.43 Chichester to London Victoria train, claims to have overheard someone on the phone chatting about the reshuffle. She wrote down what was said and posted it to Facebook.

If true, someone in government...Read More"},{"id":"5","created":"10/07/2014 14:08 BST","title":"What about the Lib Dems?","tweet_link":"5_what-about-the-lib-dems","entry_text":"

The main focus is on the Conservatives, after all, David Cameron has the most ministers. But Nick Clegg could also choose to move some of his ministers around. George Eaton at the New Statesman reports today that Jo Swinson could be promoted to the role of energy secretary. Much to the despair, no doubt, of the Lib Dem currently in the job, Ed Davey.

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The simple fact is however that as much as Cameron has a women problem, Clegg has an even worse one. Not a single Lib Dem cabinet minister is a woman. But Clegg is not really able to move Vince Cable, Danny Alexander or Alistair Carmichael - so Davey may lose out by default.

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The main focus is on the Conservatives, after all, David Cameron has the most ministers. But Nick Clegg could also choose to move some of his ministers around. George Eaton at the Read More"},{"id":"4","created":"10/07/2014 14:00 BST","title":"Brussels bound","tweet_link":"4_brussels-bound","entry_text":"

This cabinet reshuffle has an extra dimension to it as David Cameron will also need to pick who Britain's next EU commissioner will be. The early favourite was Andrew Lansley. However in recent days it has been reported that Downing Street is cooling on the idea. Former Tory leader Michael Howard's name has started doing the rounds as a possible pick, as has science minister David Willets.

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This cabinet reshuffle has an extra dimension to it as David Cameron will also need to pick who Britain's next EU commissioner will be. The early favourite was Andrew Lansley. However in recent days it has been reported that Downing St...Read More"},{"id":"3","created":"10/07/2014 13:59 BST","title":"Ken Clarke for the chop?","tweet_link":"3_ken-clarke-for-the-chop","entry_text":"

One of the most high profile casualties of the reshuffle could be Ken Clarke. The cabinet minister without portfolio can't have endeared himself to Downing Street with his persistence in going off message. And a Tory source says there have been \"growing tensions\" between Clarke and the prime minister.

In recent weeks the veteran Tory admitted voters were not feeling the benefit of the economic recovery, praised Jean-Claude Junker and criticised David Cameron's handling of the phone hacking affair.

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One of the most high profile casualties of the reshuffle could be Ken Clarke. The cabinet minister without portfolio can't have endeared himself to Downing Street with his persistence in Read More"},{"id":"2","created":"10/07/2014 13:56 BST","title":"Baroness Warsi's woes","tweet_link":"2_baroness-warsis-woes","entry_text":"

However not all the women in the cabinet are safe. Baroness Warsi, who was given a job at the Foreign Office as compensation for being sacked as chairman of the Conservative Party in the last reshuffle, has been targeted by some Tory colleagues. The Spectator cited \"multiple sources\" complaining that Warsi was resisting the implementation of a new anti-extremism strategy. The pre-reshuffle briefing no doubt designed to ramp up the pressure.

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However not all the women in the cabinet are safe. Baroness Warsi, who was given a job at the Foreign Office as compensation for being sacked as chairman of the Conservative Party in the last reshuffle, has been targeted by some Tory c...Read More"},{"id":"1","created":"10/07/2014 13:52 BST","title":"Women on the up","tweet_link":"1_women-on-the-up","entry_text":"

The big winners of this reshuffle are expected to be female Tories. David Cameron promised to increase the number of women in his cabinet, but he has not gone as far or as fast as many would like. Tipped for promotion, as reported by the Daily Telegraph, are Treasury ministers Nicky Morgan and Andrea Leadsom and whip Harriet Baldwin.

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The big winners of this reshuffle are expected to be female Tories. David Cameron promised to increase the number of women in his cabinet, but he has not gone as far or as fast as many would like. Tipped Read More"}]

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