The new broom is sweeping through today, as the cabinet runners and riders find out who is going, staying or moving as part of David Cameron’s first major cabinet reshuffle.
It has just been announced that controversial head of the NHS, Andrew Lansley, will be moving from Health Secretary and demoted to Leader of the House of Commons. Jeremy Hunt, the Culture and Media Secretary, is due to take over from him, and it will be interesting to see if he is as hard on pushing through NHS reforms and strategies, as he was on Rupert Murdoch and the Leveson Inquiry.
Ken Clarke is stepping down as Justice Secretary and moving to become Minister without Portfolio with Chris Grayling promoted to Justice Sec. Clarke denied it was demotion and said ‘at his age a position in the cabinet is a privilege’. Meanwhile, Grayling will need to decide what line to take on prison overcrowding and policy.
Not good news for the ladies either, as Baroness Warsi is leaving her role as Tory Party co-chairman and Cheryl Gillan is being moved from her job as Welsh Secretary.
Edward Garnier has confirmed that he has been sacked as Solicitor General. No news yet on his replacement either.
Elsewhere, the Former transport minister Theresa Villiers is to be the new Northern Ireland Secretary. The prime minister is also expected to bring back Liberal Democrat David Laws as part of his shake-up, after Mr Laws resigned two years ago as Chief Secretary to the Treasury after admitting he claimed expenses to pay his partner's rent.
Those staying put include Education Secretary Michael Gove and Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, who will stay in their jobs.
Written and presented by Ann Salter.