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Theresa May’s new Cabinet: Who are they

 

 

The most high-profile Cabinet ministers in Theresa May’s administration are keeping their jobs, Downing Street has said. They are:

Chancellor of the Exchequer – Philip Hammond

Dubbed ‘Spreadsheet Phil’, Mr Hammond was seen as a safe pair of hands when he was first appointed to head the Treasury last year.

But hardline Brexiteers in the Tory party have grown wary. Mr Hammond, a Remainer, could be pushing for a softer exit from the EU at the top of Government.

His credibility was partly eroded after his first Budget ended in a shambles in March, forcing the Chancellor to climb down on a tax hike for self-employed workers.

Tensions with the Prime Minister’s team were heightened further when he hinted the Tories would ditch their triple tax lock in the 2017 manifesto, before it had been finalised by Number 10.

The reported row fuelled speculation Mr Hammond was being lined up for the exit door if Mrs May won a sizeable majority, which the Chancellor had dismissed as media “tittle-tattle”.

Home Secretary -Amber Rudd

Ms Rudd took on Mrs May’s old job at the Home Office, since when she has led the department’s response to three terror attacks.

When Mrs May declined to take part in TV election debates, Ms Rudd stepped in as the Prime Minister’s understudy, suggesting she has become one of Number 10’s most trusted Cabinet ministers.

She has been touted as a future Tory leader and potential rival to Mrs May, but the MP for Hastings and Rye only just scraped through the election with a majority of 346.

Foreign Secretary -Boris Johnson

BoJo, as he is nicknamed by some, is often tipped as a likely successor to Mrs May and she will prefer to have him in the Cabinet rather than sniping from outside.

The former London mayor has made no secret of his ambitions to hold the top job, but was badly burnt following last year’s referendum vote when he was very publicly knifed in the back by fellow Brexiteer Michael Gove.

With the PM weakened, there is already a suggestion the charismatic politician is “on manoeuvres”, and he will at the very least be seeking to reassert his influence in Government after being sidelined in the election campaign.

The master of bluff and bluster, who once famously became stuck on a zip wire, retained his seat in Uxbridge and South Ruislip, but ducked questions over his party’s dire poll showing by making a swift exit after the count.

Defence Secretary -Sir Michael Fallon

The knight of the realm is the calm at the centre of the storm for the Prime Minister and she will value his apparently unflappable nature in the tough times ahead.

Often wheeled out to defend controversial Tory policy, the Sevenoaks MP’s deadpan delivery provides a foil to interviewers’ probing questions.

A former deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, he has held a variety of jobs in government, including serving as business and then energy minister in the coalition administration.

The defence brief, which he had held since 2014, was his first Cabinet role.

Brexit Secretary -David Davis

The one-time contender for the Conservative leadership isa leading Leave campaigner and was handed the job of overseeing Britain’s departure from the EU by Mrs May, bringing him back to the Tory frontbench after a 19-year absence.

A leaked report of a recent meeting between EU bosses and Mrs May at Downing Street revealed the visitors were left wondering if Mr Davis would survive beyond the election.

It had been speculated Cabinet Office minister Ben Gummer was being lined up as a new Brexit Secretary, but he lost his seat on Thursday night.

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