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People who now run Britain with David cameron

David Cameron and his newly elected members of parliament outside the House of Commons.
David Cameron and his newly elected members of parliament outside the House of Commons.

After securing a majority government in last week’s election, British prime minister David Cameron has named his new cabinet — the group of people who head up government departments and make key decisions about the country.

Cameron kept most of the main players from the last government in place, but put new faces into roles previously held by the Liberal Democrats.

Notably, London Mayor Boris Johnson, who was elected as a Member of Parliament, will be part of the political cabinet. Johnson, who remains as mayor until May 2016 is widely seen as a front-runner to succeed Cameron, will have no specific role in the cabinet but will attend meetings.

Here are the key appointments of Cameron’s new cabinet:

George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, First Secretary of State

Osborne is even willing to don a high-vis jacket and goggles for Cameron.

No change here — Osborne will continue to set the economic agenda for the UK. The Chancellor has taken a steady approach to the economy over the past five years imposing a tough programme of austerity, which has been quite controversial. He has however been given a new title, which makes it clear that he is the most senior of all the other secretaries of state, in case anyone was in doubt.

Theresa May, Home Secretary

May, who was announced on Friday, is staying on as Home Secretary. Since the election, she has already suggested that the Conservatives will introduce the Draft Communications Data Bill, also known as the Snoopers’ Charter, which the Lib Dems blocked during the last government. If passed, British Internet service providers would be forced to keep a large amount of information about their customers, which would have to be made available to the government and security services such as GCHQ.

Phillip Hammond, Foreign Secretary

Hammond, who is a return appointment to the post, was promoted to Foreign Secretary in 2014, replacing William Hague. At the time of his appointment, he said that unless there was significant reform in the European Union, he would vote for Britain to exit it. Hammond wants powers that currently lie with the EU to be returned to the member countries.

Michael Gove, Justice Secretary



Michael Gove ahead of the election.

Gove has been promoted from his role as chief whip in the previous government. The major task he has ahead of him is drawing up a new British Bill of Rights, which will replace current European human rights legislation. There has been focus on Gove’s previous statements about the death penalty. In 1998, he said that Britain was wrong to abolish hanging in the 1960s, saying that it “led to a corruption of our criminal justice system,” according to The Independent.

Michael Fallon, Defence Secretary

Fallon stays on in the role that makes him responsible for the UK’s defence, including the Trident nuclear programme. Ahead of the election, he warned about the threat posed by Russia and North Korea’s nuclear programmes, saying that the Conservatives would build a new fleet of four ballistic missile submarines.

Sajid Javid, Business Secretary



Sajid Javid on his way into No. 10 Downing Street.

A relatively new MP, first elected in 2010, 45-year-old Javid has been promoted from culture secretary, taking over the role previously held in the cabinet by Lib Dem Vince Cable. Before becoming an MP the new business secretary was a banker, working at Deutsche Bank and Chase Manhattan (now part of JP Morgan). He’ll have to tackle the fall in productivity the UK has suffered in recent years.

Iain Duncan Smith, Work and Pensions Secretary

No change here either — Duncan Smith will continue to oversee welfare reforms that will cut £12 billion in government spending.

Jeremy Hunt, Health Secretary

The National Health Service was a key issue during the election and Hunt is staying on in his role overseeing the department, which shapes strategy for the NHS. Hunt had made pre-election promises of an additional £8 billion in spending on the NHS if the Conservatives won.

Priti Patel, Minister of State for Employment



Priti Patel arrives at No. 10 Downing Street on Monday.

Promoted from exchequer secretary, Patel replaces Esther McVey, who lost her seat in the recent election. Controversially, she told the BBC in 2011 that she would support the reintroduction of capital punishment.

Amber Rudd, Energy and Climate Change Secretary

Rudd, who was first elected in 2010, replaces Lib Dem Ed Davey in the role. The Guardianoptimistically says her appointment has been widely welcomed by the green community.

Nicky Morgan, Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities



Nicky Morgan going into No. 10.

Morgan keeps her two jobs but, according to The Independent, some teachers are not happy with the former corporate lawyer’s reappointment — she has no teaching experience. Her appointment to the equality brief was controversial as she voted against same-sex marriage.

Lady Tina Stowell, Leader of the House of Lords, Lord Privy Seal

Stowell returns to the role but Cameron has made her a full member of the cabinet. The Baroness is credited with having brought the same-sex marriage legislation through the House of Lords.

Chris Grayling, Lord President of the Council and leader of the House of Commons

Grayling has been replaced in Justice by Gove. In his new role he’ll be responsible for organising government business in the Commons.

Justine Greening, International Development Secretary

Greening stays on in the role she’s held since 2012. Earlier this month, she announced that the UK would be sending £5.3 million in emergency aid to Nepal following the earthquake there.

John Whittingdale, Culture Minister



John Whittingdale after meeting the Prime Minister.

He’s described the TV licence, which funds the BBC, as “worse than a poll tax” and now the former political secretary to Margaret Thatcher will take over from Sajid Javid as culture minister, meaning Whittingdale will be overseeing the negotiations for the BBC’s charter.

Liz Truss, Environment Secretary

Truss is back in the role she has held since summer 2014. Among the things she’ll need to address is the ongoing problems with air quality.

Patrick McLoughlin, Transport Secretary

Another returnee to the role, McLoughlin took over the job from Justine Greening. The Conservatives promised a number of big-figure investments in the UK’s road network over the next five years as well as high-speed rail links between London and the north.

Anna Soubry, Small Business Minister



Anna Soubry ahead of her announcement.

Soubry, who was previously a minister in the Department of Defence, she will attend cabinet as part of this new role.

Theresa Villiers, Northern Ireland Secretary

Villiers returns to her role where she’ll immediately have to address the deadlock in Stormont. The current impasse, if not resolved, could prompt a return to direct rule from London, The Irish Times reports.

Stephen Crabb, Welsh Secretary

Crabb keeps the job he’s had since July 2014. BBC News reports Crabb said he was excited by the prospect of working toward further devolution for Wales.

David Mundell, Scottish Secretary



David Mundell on Monday.

As the only Conservative MP left in Scotland, the task of Scottish secretary falls to Mundell, who takes over from Lib Dem Alistair Carmichael.

Robert Halfon, Conservative Party Deputy Chairman

Essex MP Halfon has been appointed to deputy chairman, according to the Financial Times he has led a campaign for lower fuel taxes and is a sign of the prime minister’s strategy of “blue-collar” conservatism.

Mark Harper, Chief Whip

Cameron has handed one of the most important roles to Harper, who is now responsible for making sure that Conservative MPs attend votes as per the leadership’s wishes. Harper quit last year after it emerged that the person who worked as his cleaner was an illegal immigrant.

Boris Johnson



Boris Johnson on Monday, cycling helmet in hand.

There’s no actual role for Johnson. The London mayor will be sitting in on the political cabinet meetings, so not the full cabinet. He won’t have any departmental responsibility or ministerial appointment. Once his time as mayor comes to an end it’s quite likely he’ll be given a bigger role.

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