Prime Minister Theresa May forms new Cabinet

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Theresa May4Prime Minister Theresa May has unveiled her new Cabinet, in her first full day as Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister appointed former Mayor of London, Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary, and Priti Patel is the new Secretary of State for International Development.

Philip Hammond, who served as Foreign Secretary from 2014 to 2016 has been named as Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Amber Rudd has been made Home Secretary, filling the vacancy left by Mrs May. The Hastings and Rye MP was formerly Energy and Climate Change Secretary.

Gavin Williamson, David Cameron’s former Parliamentary Private Secretary, has been made Chief Whip. David Lidington, former Europe Minister, is promoted to Leader of the House of Commons, and Baroness Evans of Bowes Park becomes Leader of the House of Lords.

Patrick McLoughlin leaves his role as Transport Secretary to become Conservative Party Chairman and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

Michael Fallon remains in the post of Defence Secretary, a position he has held since 2014, and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt also remains in his post.

David Davis has been appointed to the new cabinet position of Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union – or “Brexit secretary”. Mr Davis has previously been Conservative Party Chairman, and Shadow Deputy Prime Minister.

Former DfID Secretary Justine Greening has been made Education Secretary, and former Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary Liz Truss has been appointed as Justice Secretary.

Prime Minister May appointed Dr Liam Fox to the newly created position of Secretary of State for International Trade.

Former Business Secretary Sajid Javid, has been appointed as the Secretary of the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Karen Bradley, who worked with Ms May as a Home Office Minister since 2014, has been appointed by the Prime Minister as the new Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

Chris Grayling, Theresa May’s leadership campaign chief, and former Leader of the House of Commons, has been appointed Transport Secretary.

Andrea Leadsom has been appointed as the new Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary, and Damian Green has been chosen as the new Work and Pensions Secretary.

Greg Clark is Secretary of State of a newly-created ministry of Business, Energy and Industrial strategy.

David Mundell will continue as Secretary of State for Scotland, and Alun Cairns, MP for the Vale of Glamorgan, remains in his cabinet role as Secretary of State for Wales.

James Brokenshire, who was formerly Immigration Minister – has been made Northern Ireland Secretary.

Theresa May became the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom yesterday after being sworn in by Her Majesty the Queen in Buckingham Palace.

In her first speech as Prime Minister outside Number 10, Theresa May promised to “fight injustices” and said she will strengthen the United Kingdom and the common bond that unites the nations of the UK.

She underlined the need to improve the life chances of those who are disadvantaged, are insecure in work and those who are “just managing”. Prime Minister May concluded by saying that by working together and exploiting the talents of all the people, a “better Britain” can be built.

Prime Minister May is the UK’s second female leader after Margaret Thatcher.

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