The all-Conservative cabinet
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David Cameron has been able to appoint the first all-Conservative government since 1997 after he secured a shock majority at the general election.

The prime minister's reshuffle has seen most of the big Tory beasts kept in the same roles as the coalition government days. But there have been some notable expectations.

Michael Gove has been appointed justice secretary, where the former journalist will oversee the scrapping of the Human Rights Act.

The Scotsman stirred up controversy as education secretary by taking on what he called "The Blob", which was apparently made up of anti-reform academics, teachers' unions and bureaucrats. Will he face the same problem from the legal professionals?

Elsewhere, Cameron has promoted Sajid Javid to business secretary. The Lancastrian is the son of a bus driver and is one of Britain's few high-profile black and ethnic minority (BAME) politicians.

With his compelling personal story and solid set of hands to match, the 45-year-old could be a future Tory leadership contender. But time will tell if he can fill Vince Cable's big shoes at the Department for Business and Innovation.

Meanwhile, Cameron would have pleased the right-wing of his party after he appointed John Whittingdale as the new secretary of state for culture, media and sport.

The Maldon MP will oversee the renewal of the BBC's charter and once described the TV licence fee as "worse than a poll tax". Can we expect fireworks?

Robert Halfon and Boris Johnson have also been rewarded by Cameron, who has appointed the pair as ministers without portfolio. In Johnson's case, it is more a shrewd move by the prime minister to keep the celebrity mayor of London and newly appointed MP happy.

But Halfon's promotion seems to be based on his hard work in and out of Westminster. The Harlow MP was able to secure a cut in fuel duty from the Treasury during the last parliament.

On top of that, the cerebral palsy sufferer was seen by the side of the road, billboard in hand, fighting to win back his marginal seat at the general election. The 46-year-old was also appointed the new deputy chairman of the Conservative Party.

Number 10

David Cameron
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Cameron will lead his new government and the country from the historic nerve centre of British politics, the prime minister's office in 10 Downing Street.

The Old Etonian will no longer have Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats to worry about. But Cameron's backbenchers may give him some sleepless nights, especially when it comes to his proposed 2017 referendum of the UK's membership of the EU.

Position Name Age Constituency Sex
Prime Minister David Cameron 48 Witney Male
Parliamentary Private Secretary Gavin Williamson 38 South Staffordshire Male

Cabinet Office

Oliver Letwin
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Oliver Letwin has been put in charge of the Cabinet Office. The Tory first entered parliament in 1997 at the start of the New Labour years. The 58-year-old is the son of two intellectuals and he will need all of his brain power to put through Cameron's reform agenda.

Position Name Age Constituency Sex
Cabinet Office minister Oliver Letwin 58 West Dorset Male
Lord President of the Council Chris Grayling 53 Epsom and Ewell Male
Civil Service Reform Minister Matthew Hancock 36 West Suffolk Male
Parliamentary Secretary John Penrose 50 Weston-super-Mare Male
Minister without Portfolio Robert Halfon 46 Harlow Male
Minister for the Constitution Sam Gyimah 38 East Surrey Male
Minister for Civil Society Rob Wilson 50 Reading East Male

The Treasury

George Osborne
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The Treasury and Number 10 were once pitted against each other when New Labour architects Gordon Brown and Tony Blair played out their own cold war.

Ed Miliband, then a special adviser to Brown, relayed messages between two camps, earning him the nickname "emissary from Planet F**K" by Blair's people.

But Osborne and Cameron have been able to heal the rift between the two most powerful offices in Britain. The Oxford graduates are close friends and in many ways Osborne was able to secure Cameron the general election victory by overseeing good economic growth.

Position Name Age Constituency Sex
Chancellor and First Secretary of State George Osborne 43 Tatton Male
Chief Secretary to the Treasury Greg Hands 49 Chelsea and Fulham Male
Financial Secretary to the Treasury David Gauke 43 South West Hertfordshire Male
Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury Damian Hinds 45 East Hampshire Male
Economic Secretary to the Treasury Harriett Baldwin 55 West Worcestershire Female
Commercial Secretary to the Treasury Lord Deighton 59 N/A Male

Foreign Office

Philip Hammond
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With the threat of Islamic terrorism both at home and abroad, as well as a military crisis in the shape of Ukraine. The foreign secretary will have an enormous role to play in the run up to the end of the decade. Philip Hammond, the 59-year-old Runnymede and Weybridge MP, will be representing Britain on the world's stage alongside Cameron.

Position Name Age Constituency Sex
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond 59 Runnymede and Weybridge Male
Europe Minister David Lidington 58 Aylesbury Male
Foreign Affairs Minister Hugo Swire 55 East Devon Male
Trade and Investment Minister Francis Maude 61 N/A Male
Minister of State Baroness Anelay of St Johns 67 N/A Female
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State James Duddridge 43 Rochford and Southend East Male
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Tobias Ellwood 48 Bournemouth East Male

Ministry of Defence

Michael Fallon
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With the SNP calling for the non-renewal of the Trident nuclear defence system, defence became a hot topic during the general election campaign.

Tory grandee Michael Fallon caused a stir when he claimed Ed Miliband would "stab Britain in the back" by making concessions to the nationalists over the deterrent if he gained power.

Despite the provocative comments, Fallon has been reappointed as the Conservatives' defence secretary. The big question is whether the 62-year-old and the government will commit to Nato's 2% a year GDP military spending target.

Position Name Age Constituency Sex
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon 62 Darlington Male
Minister for the Armed Forces Penny Mordaunt 42 Portsmouth North Female
Minister for Defence Procurement Philip Dunne 56 Ludlow Male
Minister for Reserves Julian Brazier 61 Canterbury Male
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Mark Lancaster 44 Milton Keynes North Male
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Lord Astor of Hever 68 N/A Male

Home Office

Theresa May
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Theresa May is back. The home secretary will oversee the Conservatives' plan to introduce the so-called "Snoopers' Charter", otherwise known as the Draft Communications Data Bill. The controversial legislation would force internet service providers to collect data on their users and allow the security services to trawl though the masses of information.

Position Name Age Constituency Sex
Home Secretary Theresa May 58 Maidenhead Female
Security Minister John Hayes 56 South Holland and the Deepings Male
Police Minister Mike Penning 57 Hemel Hempstead Male
Immigration Minister James Brokenshire 47 Hornchurch Male
Modern Slavery Minister Karen Bradley 45 Staffordshire Moorlands Female
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Lord Bates 53 N/A Male

Ministry of Justice

Michael Gove
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Michael Gove was seen hitting the pavements as the Tories' chief whip during the election campaign and now he has received his rewarded from Cameron.

The 47-year-old is the government's most Marmite figure: his allies see him as a great reformer, battling vested-interests for the good of the nation; meanwhile, Gove's enemies paint the Scotsman an an arrogant TV baddie who refuses to listen to outside advice.

Position Name Age Constituency Sex
Justice Secretary Michael Gove 47 Surrey Heath Male
Police Minister Mike Penning 57 Hemel Hempstead Male
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Shailesh Vara 54 North West Cambridgeshire Male
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Andrew Selous 53 South West Bedfordshire Male
Civil Justice Minister Lord Faulks 64 N/A Male
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Dominic Raab 41 Esher and Walton Male
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Caroline Dinenage 43 Gosport Female

Attorney General's Office

Position Name Age Constituency
Attorney General Jeremy Wright 42 Kenilworth and Southam
Solicitor General Robert Buckland 46 South Swindon
Advocate General for Scotland TBA

Department for Business

Sajid Javid
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Future Tory leader? A wannabe prime minister? First Sajid Javid, the 45-year-old MP for Bromsgrove, must prove himself at the Department for Business. The ministry was under the rule of the Liberal Democrats when Vince Cable headed the office during the coalition government. Now Javid will want to make it his own mark on the ministry over the next few years.

Position Name Age Constituency Sex
Business Secretary Sajid Javid 45 Bromsgrove Male
Universities Minister Jo Johnson 43 Orpington Male
Small Business Minister Anna Soubry 58 Broxtowe Female
Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey 46 Wantage Male
Skills and Equalities Minister Nick Boles 49 Grantham and Stamford Male
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State George Freeman 47 Mid Norfolk Male
Trade and Investment Minister Francis Maude 61 N/A Male
Intellectual Property Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe 62 N/A Female
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State TBA

Department for Work and Pensions

Iain Duncan Smith, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
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Iain Duncan Smith resumes his role at the Department for Work and Pensions. The former Tory leader will want to make sure the government's Universal Credit scheme is truly back on track. But controversy will follow him throughout his tenure as the Conservatives are expected to slash £12bn in welfare spending during the parliament.

Position Name Age Constituency Sex
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith 61 Chingford and Woodford Green Male
Employment Minister Priti Patel 43 Witham Female
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Justin Tomlinson 38 North Swindon Male
Pensions Minister Ros Altmann 59 N/A Female
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Lord Freud 64 N/A Male

Department for Education

Nicky Morgan
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Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan has been reappointed to head up the Department for Education. The 42-year-old will want to continue to put her own stamp on the ministry after taking over as secretary of state for education from Gove in 2014. It is also important that Morgan works with neighbouring departments to help solve the UK's skills shortage.

Position Name Age Constituency Sex
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan 42 Loughborough Female
Equalities Minister Caroline Dinenage 43 Gosport Female
Skills and Equalities Minister Nick Boles 49 Grantham and Stamford Male
School Reform Minister Nick Gibb 54 Bognor Regis and Littlehampton Male
Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson 41 Crewe and Nantwich Male
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Sam Gyimah 38 East Surrey Male
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Lord Nash 66 N/A Male

Government Equalities Office

Position Name Age Constituency Sex
Minister for Women and Equalities Nicky Morgan 42 Loughborough Female
Skills and Equalities Minister Nick Boles 49 Grantham and Stamford Male
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State TBA

Department of Health

Jeremy Hunt
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Jeremy Hunt has been reappointed as health secretary. Andy Burnham and Labour claimed the Tories would cut funding to the service and increase privatisation. But the Conservatives countered these allegations with an additional £8bn-a-year funding pledge for NHS England. If the government cannot live up to the promise, Hunt could be for the chop.

Position Name Age Constituency Sex
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt 48 South West Surrey Male
Care and Support Minister Alistair Burt 59 Bury North Male
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Ben Gummer 37 Ipswich Male
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Jane Ellison 50 Battersea Female
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State George Freeman 47 Mid Norfolk Male
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State The Earl Howe 64 N/A Male

Department of Energy

Amber Rudd
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Amber Rudd is from the Tories' 2010 batch of MPs. The 51-year-old served as a parliamentary undersecretary of state for climate change at the end of the coalition government and she has now been promoted to energy secretary.

The former financial journalist once hired extras for Richard Curtis's successful romcom Four Weddings And A Funeral. Let's hope there is not too much drama at the Department of Energy.

Position Name Age Constituency Sex
Energy Secretary Amber Rudd 51 Hastings and Rye Female
Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change Andrea Leadsom 51 South Northamptonshire Female
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Baroness Verma 56 N/A Female
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State TBA

Department for Environment

Liz Truss
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Liz Truss continues as energy secretary in the all-Conservative administration. The 39-year-old South West Norfolk MP read philosophy, politics and economics (PPE) at Oxford. The degree has become the diploma of British statesman as every politician and his dog seems to have taken the multi-discipline course.

But Truss is not the typical Tory. Her first political experience was attending a Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) march as a child and later she headed up Oxford's Liberal Democrats club.

Position Name Age Constituency Sex
Enviroment Secretary Liz Truss 39 South West Norfolk Female
Farming Minister George Eustice 43 Camborne and Redruth Male
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Rory Stewart 42 Penrith and The Border Male
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Lord De Mauley 58 N/A Male

Department for Local Government and Communities

Greg Clark
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Wave goodbye to the Conservatives' flag-loving former secretary of state, Eric Pickles. The no-nonsense northerner has been replaced by Tunbridge Wells MP Greg Clark. The 47-year-old hails from Middlesbrough and served as universities, science and cities minister under the coalition.

Clark's brief will cover one of the most talked about issues in Britain today – the country's housing shortage. The Tories have promised to have 200,000 new homes available at a discount for first-time buyers in a bid to abate the issue. The good doctor Clark (PhD, London School of Economics) will be at the steering wheel of the scheme.

Position Name Age Constituency Sex
Local Government Secretary Greg Clark 47 Tunbridge Wells Male
Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis 43 Great Yarmouth Male
Minister of State for Communities Mark Francois 49 Rayleigh and Wickford Male
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State Marcus Jones 41 Nuneaton Male
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State Kris Hopkins 51 Keighley Male
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State [Northern Powerhouse Minister] James Wharton 31 Stockton South Male
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon 47 N/A Male

Department for Transport

Patrick McLoughlin
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Not long after Patrick McLoughlin was given back his ministerial key-card, the 57-year-old was presented with his first challenge – a strike. No, London's Tube drivers are not threatening to walkout again. The transport secretary faces a national crisis.

Network Rail workers have voted for industrial action in a dispute over pay. The strike could see Britain's trains come to a halt if the dispute is not resolved. McLoughlin will want to set his stall out early but will the RMT union embarrass the Derbyshire Dales MP?

Position Name Age Constituency Sex
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin 57 Derbyshire Dales Male
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Andrew Jones 51 Harrogate and Knaresborough Male
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Robert Goodwill 58 Scarborough and Whitby Male
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Claire Perry 51 Devizes Female

Department for Culture and Sport

John Whittingdale
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Did Cameron have mischievous thoughts when he appointed John Whittingdale? Who knows, but the Maldon MP is not a fan of sacred cows. The new culture secretary has called for reforms to the TV licence fee system.

His promotion prompted The Daily Telegraph's chief political correspondent, Christopher Hope, to label the move "a declaration of war" by Cameron on "Auntie". We will see if Whittingdale is more warrior than diplomat.

Position Name Age Constituency Sex
Culture Secretary John Whittingdale 55 Maldon Male
Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey 46 Wantage Male
Minister for Sport Tracey Crouch 39 Chatham and Aylesford Female

Department for International Development

Justine Greening
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Justine Greening has been re-appointed as the secretary of state for international development after winning an increased majority in his Putney seat at the general election. The 46-year-old will oversee the UK's humanitarian response to the most recent earthquake in Nepal.

Position Name Age Constituency Sex
International Development Secretary Justine Greening 46 Putney Female
International Development Minister Grant Shapps 46 Welwyn Hatfield Male
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State TBA

Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales Offices

TV
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The insurgent SNP has pushed further devolution up the legislative timetable. But one of the troubling constitutional questions is whether the other members of the union will be handed more powers from Westminster.

Cameron has stirred things up with his post-Scottish referendum "English votes for English laws" pledge. It will be on the offices of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to sell the government's new measures to the devolved assemblies.

Northern Ireland Office

Position Name Age Constituency Sex
Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers 47 Chipping Barnet Female
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Andrew Murrison 54 South West Wiltshire Male

Scotland Office

Position Name Age Constituency Sex
Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell 52 Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale Male
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State TBA

Wales Office

Position Name Age Constituency Sex
Secretary of State for Wales Stephen Crabb 42 Preseli Pembrokeshire Male
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Alun Cairns 44 Vale of Glamorgan Male
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State TBA