Cabinet reshuffle under way at Downing Street

  • Cabinet reshuffle under way at Downing Street

Cabinet reshuffle under way at Downing Street

His comments came as Leave campaigner and newly restored Cabinet minister Michael Gove indicated the Government could be ready to pursue a softer approach to Brexit.

His spokesman also helped promote a report from the Global Warming Policy Foundation attacking head teachers who act as "eco activists", while Gove has called for the rolling back of the EU's Habitats Directive.

But after a period of loyalty to Mrs May he was today restored to the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Britain's new environment minister said cross-party talks will ensure government gets Brexit right.

In his five years at the Treasury during the coalition he played a key role in developing the detail of the pension freedoms and was a keen supporter of automatic enrolment.

Growing support among ministers for discussions with Labour sparked anger among hardline Tory eurosceptics, who fear their hopes of a hard Brexit or even no deal at all with the European Union are falling away.

And Andrea Leadsom was promoted from the environment brief to Leader of the Commons - a tough job guiding legislation through the House with such a slim working majority.

Gove was re-appointed to the cabinet yesterday, less than a year after May triumphantly sacked him as part of her purge of David Cameron's "Notting Hill set".

Meanwhile, green groups will welcome the news that BEIS Secretary Greg Clark has been listed among the ministers that will remain in their roles in what was a reshuffle of just a handful of cabinet members.

Discussions between May's team and the Democratic Unionist party over what concessions the Northern Ireland party will seek in return for propping up a Conservative government are scheduled for later on Tuesday.

David Lidington will take over from Ms Truss as the new Justice Secretary, and was also made Lord Chancellor. I will be backing her and absolutely everybody I am talking to is going to be backing her as well'. He would do well to start his briefing by taking some time to attend the Cereals Event which takes place this week in Lincolnshire.

The rest of the Cabinet stay in the posts they have held since Mrs May became Prime Minister previous year, reflecting the fact that the Prime Minister now lacks the authority to sack colleagues.

Further ministerial appointments within Defra have yet to be confirmed, and it is not known whether Thérèse Coffey, the junior minister with direct responsibility for the air quality portfolio within the Department prior to the election, will retain her post.

It follows the abrupt departure from Number 10 of her two joint chiefs of staff, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, who were accused of bullying ministers and were dubbed the gruesome twosome.