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
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 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
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
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