Thursday, 14 July 2016 19:13


Editorial, The Financial Times, 14.07.2016   

Chancellor of the exchequer - PHILIP HAMMOND  
Previous position: Foreign secretary  
Mr Hammond, 60, is seen as a low-key fiscal hawk and a safe pair of hands to help guide the economy through uncertain times. His job will also be to manage Mrs May’s plans to relax austerity and boost social mobility. An MP since 1997, he joined the cabinet in 2010 as transport secretary before taking over the defence brief and then serving as foreign secretary.
Foreign secretary - BORIS JOHNSON  
Previous positions: Backbench MP and Mayor of London  
The surprise appointment of the former London mayor to the Foreign Office will give the Leave campaign leader the job of building economic ties beyond Europe. The 52-year-old newspaper columnist has a history of diplomatic gaffes, and recently won a competition by writing a rude poem about the president of Turkey. But with new cabinet jobs for other Brexiters covering trade and relations with the EU, the role may prove less significant than in previous governments.

Home Secretary - AMBER RUDD  
Previous position: Energy secretary  
Mrs May has picked the prominent Remain campaigner and rising star of the Tory party to replace her at the Home Office. Seen as relatively liberal, Ms Rudd will be charged with overseeing Mrs May’s plans for reducing immigration and pressing ahead with reforms of the police. Ms Rudd, 52, also becomes the most senior woman in government after the prime minister.

"Brexit" Secretary -  DAVID DAVIS  
Previous position: Backbench MP  
The task of managing the UK’s exit from the EU — via a newly formed cabinet post — will fall to one of parliament’s longstanding Eurosceptics. His recent noises on negotiations suggest he will prioritise relations with Berlin rather than Brussels, and seek to keep British access to the single market. Mr Davis, 67, was a frontrunner to lead the party in 2005, but was ultimately defeated by David Cameron. He has repeatedly clashed in the past with Mrs May over what he saw as an aggressive approach to civil liberties.

International Trade Secretary - LIAM FOX
Previous position: Backbench MP
Another prominent Brexiter, Mr Fox, 54, will be responsible for securing trade deals beyond Europe — something touted by the Leave campaign as a key benefit of quitting the EU. He resigned his previous cabinet post as defence secretary in disgrace in 2011 following a scandal, and has twice run for leadership of the Tory party, including in the most recent contest won by Mrs May.

Defence Scretary - MICHAEL FALLON  
Previous position: Defence secretary  
A Remainer, who argued that although Nato is “the cornerstone” of UK security “the EU adds to that”. Mr Fallon, 64, is one of the few in the cabinet to retain his job. A backer of Mrs May’s leadership bid, he is well-respected by the military top brass, who see him as a strong representative of their views in cabinet. His early confirmation on Tuesday night was also seen as sending a signal to allies that the UK was keeping one of its Russia hawks in place, following the promotion of Philip Hammond from the Foreign Office to the Treasury.

Education Secretary - JUSTINE GREENING  
Previous position: International development secretary  
A leading backer of Mrs May, who was by her side during her acceptance speech on Monday, she replaces Nicky Morgan, who was a protégée of former chancellor George Osborne. Ms Greening, 47, arrived in Westminster in 2005 after a career in accountancy, working for PwC and GlaxoSmithKline. She was removed from her first cabinet post as transport secretary in 2012 over opposition to the expansion of Heathrow. Ms Greening made history last month as the first female cabinet minister to say she is in a same-sex relationship.

Health Secretary - JEREMY HUNT  
Previous position: Health secretary  
Another one of the few to survive the transition from Mr Cameron to Mrs May, Mr Hunt, 49, will continue his controversial reforms of the NHS. Another backer of Mrs May’s leadership bid, he announced last week that he would impose a new contract on England’s 50,000 junior doctors from October. This could lead to more industrial action as the doctors rejected the contract in an earlier ballot. Should he succeed, his next big job is taking on the powerful consultants.

Justice Secretary - LIZ TRUSS  
Previous position: Environment secretary   
Liz Truss, 40, is the first woman to take the role of justice secretary and lord chancellor, replacing Michael Gove who was sacked. A Remainer, she came into government in 2012 as a junior education minister before taking over as environment secretary in 2014. She originally backed Boris Johnson in the leadership race.

Work and Pensions Secretary - DAMIAN GREEN  
Previous position: Backbench MP
A key figure in Mrs May’s campaign to become prime minister, Mr Green, 60, was tipped for promotion. This is his first cabinet post having previously served as minister of state in the Home Office until he was moved to the backbenches in 2014. A Remain supporter, he was a board member of the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign. 

Transport Secretary - CHRIS GRAYLING  
Previous position: Leader of the House of Commons
One of the prominent Brexiters, Mr Grayling was widely tipped for one of the bigger cabinet posts after helping to lead Mrs May’s leadership campaign but he has ultimately ended up with a sideways move into transport. His less than successful spell as justice secretary, which saw him demoted in a reshuffle last year, may have weighed on the new PM’s thinking.

Business, Energy and Industrial Secretary - GREG CLARK  
Previous position: Communities secretary  
Another cabinet survivor, Mr Clark, 48, has been promoted to run a new department that combines the now-defunct department for business, industry & skills with energy. It remains unclear how far the new brief will extend in term of oversight of infrastructure, which currently resides within the Treasury.

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