David Cameron's first cabinet reshuffle since the General Election is marked by the continuity at the top of Government.
There is no change at the top (George Osborne, William Hague, Teresa May, Philip Hammond and Vincent Cable all stay in place) but this was the approach we always knew would be taken. A clear signal that David Cameron is committed to the Coalition Government's deficit reduction plan. Cable wasn't going to go - despite the infighting this Government is not breaking up yet.
The coverage of the reshuffle has been dominated by froth over which Conservatives are being moved where?
Certainly there have been murmurings for some time over the performance of Kenneth Clarke, Caroline Spelman at Environment and Baroness Warsi, as Co-chairman of the Conservative party all who have lost their jobs. Clarke remains in the Cabinet with an economic brief and will advise Ministers across a range of policy areas.
The slow burn to watch will be the movement of Liberal Democrats. We can expect to see David Laws, who returns to Government as Education Minster, play a prominent role for the Liberal Democrat over the next two years. Nick Clegg will be relieved to have Laws back on the frontbenches, with his own position, as leader of the Liberal Democrats looking more fragile after his failure to push through reform of the House of Lords.
Beneath the key positions there has been a lot of change, as Cameron puts in place the team he wants to go into the next general election with. He has shuffled the deck in a number of Cabinet positions and brought in a number of 'rising stars' in the Conservative party into Government.
Lansley has been demoted - there is no other way of putting it. People never connected with or understood his health reforms and he's finally seeing the repercussions of this. He takes the place of Sir George Young, now to retire to the back benches. He has a major job on his hands ahead to steer the Government's programme.
Andrew's Mitchell's appointment as Chief Whip from International Development is an attempt to improve party discipline amongst the outspoken 'new generation' of Conservative MPs. Mitchell, a No.10 favourite, faces a challenging task, but his "patrician" past should set him in good stead.
Hunt is probably the big surprise, with a clear promotion. It's clear that at least in No 10 it seems that the News International albatross is less of an issue than it once was, and now the time is right to move. Hunt is moving to a big job with an unenviable task ahead of him, but if he pulls it off, he'll win a lot of favour.
Greening allegedly spent an hour in No 10 today before her announcement, and although her move to DFID is something of a sideways move, she still maintains her importance even if the ferocity of the debate over Heathrow will continue unabashed. Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has already commented on the poor decision of moving her - but in reality if Government policy is to change you have to move those who are against it out of the way.
Mark Hoban's move away from the Treasury brief sees the end of a very long tenure overseeing financial services in opposition and in Government. The move comes at a time when the passage of financial sector legislation remains in full swing. So a new minister has much to learn.
Cameron will hope that this reshuffle brings new energy into Government, as we move into the party conference season. Ultimately, though 'it is the economy stupid' that will determine his fate and that of his Government, and any U-turns of course.
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