Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The PM Gathers His New Team for Government

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The PM Gathers His New Team for Government

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THE Prime Minister is engaged in the most vital business at the start of a term of office: exercising patronage and showing what he wants his Government to look like, this time unconstrained by coalition. The most obvious move has been to give women a higher profile. Amber Rudd's move to become Energy Secretary means that another woman joins Theresa May and Nicky Morgan, staying as Home Secretary and Education Secretary respectively. Meanwhile, Priti Patel's promotion to become minister for employment, after Esther McVey lost her seat, brings a bright female talent to the fore. There were indeed significantly more female Tory MPs for the PM to choose from: 64 in all, up from 48. Baroness Stowell remains Lord Privy Seal as well as Leader of the Lords.

There are other high-profile changes, chief among them being Boris Johnson's inclusion in the political (rather than the full) cabinet, though the Prime Minister has acknowledged that he must continue to serve his term as London Mayor. …

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