Theresa May strengthens party apparatus in Cabinet shakeup

The tweet announcing Chris Grayling's move was swiftly deleted minutes later- but not before Rebecca Pow Tory MP for Taunton Deane had already retweeted the post adding her congratulations

The reshuffle, which will continue into tomorrow, is being seen as an opportunity for May to promote more women, with female ministers only now making up six of the 23 full members of her top team.

Theresa May's Cabinet reshuffle descended into farce on Monday after the Conservatives announced Chris Grayling its new chairman, only for immigration minister Brandon Lewis to reportedly be given the job. The tweet was deleted as soon as the error was noticed.

There are those in the Conservative Party who want to see new talent rising up the ranks, so expect to see a nod to that. Boris Johnson, one of the leading names in the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union, remained as Foreign Secretary, while Philip Hammond, a prominent "remain" supporter, stayed as chief finance minister.

Former nurse Anne Milton could take over at the department of health if Jeremy Hunt is moved.

Northern Ireland secretary James Brokenshire, who failed to secure a deal to restore the power-sharing government in Belfast after it collapsed a year ago, stepped down for health reasons.

Mr Carter was appointed by the Conservatives in the wake of the Prime Minister's disastrous snap election.

Update (1255 GMT): Kuenssberg tweets confirmation that Brandon Lewis is appointed as chairman and James Cleverly to be appointed as deputy.

"No wonder Theresa May's struggling to negotiate Brexit - she can't even organise a reshuffle", tweeted opposition Labour MP Stephen Kinnock.

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He moved to the Home Office in July 2016 and took the immigration brief in June past year.

Mrs May indicated the door would be open to Mr Brokenshire for a return to Government after he has overcome his health difficulties, telling him in a letter she was looking forward to "working alongside you again when you are back to full health".

- Sajid Javid was given an expanded role, adding housing to his brief in the newly-named position of housing, communities and local government minister.

The spokesman insisted the transition from the DCLG to the MHCLG, instantly nicknamed "HoCoLoGo" by Westminster wags, would be "done in a cost-effective way".

Justice Secretary David Lidington is said to be shifting to fill the gap left by the axing of deputy PM Damian Green over computer porn allegations - although he might not enjoy the same seniority.

Bradley was previously Digital, Culture, Media and Sport minister.

"It's simply not good enough".

The Conservatives posted a message announcing that Chris Grayling was replacing Sir Patrick McLoughlin - but seconds later they erased their congratulations for the Transport Secretary.



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