PM suffers troubled reshuffle as Greening resigns

Prime Minister Theresa May leads her first cabinet meeting of the new year

LONDON - Theresa May has suffered a shock resignation of a leading government ally as she reshuffled her Cabinet - but by and large, the heavy-hitters in the Prime Minister's government have remained in place.

Sajid Javid is also staying in position, though his brief changes from Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to Housing, Communities and Local Government, making him the first United Kingdom minister with a housing department title since the 1970s.

Justine Greening, formerly education secretary, has quit government after being offered the Department of Work and Pensions, according to multiple reports, replaced by Damien Hinds.

May did get to appoint her own right-hand-man when David Lidington was appointed as Cabinet Office minister to replace Green.

The health secretary Jeremy Hunt, under pressure over a winter NHS crisis, refused to budge when he was asked to become business secretary, which is effectively a demotion.

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Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire resigns due to ill health, replaced by Karen Bradley.

Theresa May's new Cabinet has five times more privately-educated people than in the general population, analysis has revealed. Greg Clark, meanwhile, remains as Business Secretary.

While Theresa May plodded through prime minister's questions on Wednesday, many eyes were looking over her left shoulder at an MP sitting on the farthest bench back.

If this was the prime minister's objective, she failed here too, ignoring some of the party's rising stars such as Tom Tugendhat and Johnny Mercer altogether and moving others from positions where they shone to posts for which they are not obviously qualified.

And Sajid Javid stayed in post but in the newly-named role of Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government. With Boris Johnson, David Davis and Philip Hammond untouched, Theresa May has managed to effect a deft intra-party exercise. Esther McVey became work and pensions secretary during the reshuffle.

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A shambolic start saw CCHQ incorrectly announcing Chris Grayling as the new party chairman on Twitter before swiftly removing the tweet - sparking drama and confusion.

On day two, May first assembled her new line up of ministers at Downing Street, before hiring and firing a number of second-tier ministers.

James Brokenshire steps down as Northern Ireland Secretary for health reasons.

"I am looking forward to working with Brandon Lewis and James Cleverly to continue to grow and build our party as a campaigning force".

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It's a key role both for Brexit and the stability of May's minority government as it will involve delicate negotiations over the Irish border and devolved government with the Democratic Unionist Party, whose lawmakers prop up the government after May lost her majority in June's vote.

Liam Fox remain as International Trade Secretary.

One week later, as global development secretary, after a row over unauthorised meetings with Israeli officials.

Baroness Evans stays as Leader of the House of Lords.

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