UK prime minister makes Cabinet appointments

Francis Osborne
June 12, 2017

Patel holds on to her position as the senior-most Indian-origin Cabinet minister and will remain in charge as the secretary of state for worldwide development in the new government, which May said will focus on delivering a successful Brexit. She named her Cabinet Sunday, keeping most of the ministers in their posts and even appointing an old adversary, Michael Gove, to the post of environment secretary.

May appears to have avoided an immediate coup, with Boris Johnson telling unsettled MPs to "calm down", but Conservatives from all wings of the party are still openly speculating that the Prime Minister's days are numbered.

Speaking after completing her reshuffle, Mrs May said: "What I've done today is seen people from across the party accepting the invitation to be in my Cabinet and crucially I have brought in talent from across the whole of the Conservative Party". "Let's get on with the job". And those negotiations start in a week's time.

British Prime Minister Theresa May insists she is staying put, despite calls for her resignation after the Conservative Party's poor election result.

She reappointed Liam Fox as trade secretary, Justine Greening as education secretary and Greg Clark as business secretary.

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May made Damian Green, former work and pensions secretary, her deputy by naming him first secretary of state.

Liam Fox stays in his post as Secretary of State for worldwide trade, while Justine Greening has been re- confirmed as Secretary of State for Education. He replaces Andrea Leadsom, who was appointed to the role in July 2016 after May won the Tory leadership race and moved Defra minister Liz Truss to head up the Justice Dept as Lord Chancellor.

She has also kept Jeremy Hunt in his post as health secretary, Gavin Williamson is the new party Chief Whip or parliamentary secretary to the Treasury and Chris Grayling has been appointed transport minister.

DUP leader Arlene Foster is due for talks in Downing Street on Tuesday with a view to finalising the arrangements but Mr Osborne warned the Prime Minister would have to soften her stance on Brexit if she wanted the backing of the DUP's 10 MPs in the Commons.

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