Friends and helpers complete the new Cabinet

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Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

THE last of the main jobs have now been settled and there aren’t too many surprises except that against general expectation, Jeremy Hunt remains as Health Secretary despite the fact that his approval ratings with junior doctors must be at ground zero. He tweeted “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated… thrilled to be back in the best job in Government.”

Some of Mrs May’s former colleagues from the Home Office have been promoted as has Chris Grayling who ran her low key election campaign who becomes Transport Secretary.

There are no changes in Wales (Alun Cairn) or Scotland (David Mundell) although James Brokenshire a former lawyer and junior minister takes over for Northern Ireland.

There are now eight women in the cabinet with new appointments for Karen Bradley as Culture Secretary, Andrea Leadsom, Environment Secretary, and Priti Patel, International Development Secretary.

David Lidington, the former Minister for Europe, becomes Leader of the House of Commons, whilst Damian Green replaces Stephen Crabb who resigned yesterday as the third Work and Pensions Secretary this year.

Finally, Sajid Javid becomes Communities Secretary and Greg Clark heads another new department as Business and Energy Secretary.

There will be plenty of additional appointments over the coming days as Britain continues to act like a Mickey Mouse country creating more and more ministers and secretaries so that it may become difficult to find any MP who hasn’t enhanced their pensions by having been a minister, albeit briefly.

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