Cabinet reshuffle – open thread

It’s going to be a fast-paced day today, with English local election results due to be announced throughout the day, and a simultaneous cabinet reshuffle. On this open thread we’ll update you on the shape of the new cabinet, sans Purnell. What do you think of the new appointments? Is it enought to save Gordon Brown from the chop? Over to you…

Confirmed so far:

Chancellor: Alistair Darling stays
Foreign Secretary: David Miliband stays
Home Secretary: Alan Johnson handed the posioned chalice, takes over from Jacqui Smith
Justice Secretary: Jack Straw stays
Leader of the House of Commons: Harriet Harman stays
Health Secretary: Andy Burnham fills Alan Johnson’s old job
Work and Pensions: Yvette Cooper steps into James Purnell’s departed shoes
Business, Innovation and Skills Secretary: Lord (Peter) Mandelson stays in seemingly expanded department
Children, Schools and Families Secretary: Ed Balls stays put (bet he’s ecstatic at that)
Communities and Local Government Secretary: John Denham moves from Innovation, Universities and Skills to take over Hazel Blears’ hot-seat
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Hilary Benn stays
International Development Secretary: Douglas Alexander stays
Scottish Secretary: Jim Murphy stays
Welsh Secretary: the formerly sacked Peter Hain replaces Paul Murphy
Defence Secretary: Bob Ainsworth replaces John Hutton, who quits cabinet
Leader of the House of Lords: Baroness Royall stays
“Enterprise Czar”: Sir Alan Sugar moves into this new, fictitious and pointless role, outside the cabinet.
Chief Secretary to the Treasury: Liam Byrne brought in (no doubt those treasury mandarins are keenly anticipating the memo on his coffee preferences)
Energy & Cimate Change: Ed Miliband stays
Northern Ireland: Shaun Woodward stays
Housing Minister (attends Cabinet): John Healey replaces Margaret Beckett, who (at last) departs the cabinet
Transport Secretary: Lord Adonis (yes, another peer) replaces Geoff Hoon, who quits cabinet
Culture, Media & Sport Secretary: Ben Bradshaw replaces Andy Burnham, departed to Health
Europe Minister: Glenys Kinnock replaces Caroline Flint, who leaves government

The full list is available here.

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  • dominic hannigan 5th Jun '09 - 9:47am

    He is in real trouble, how can you relaunch and then face a hammering set of election results two days later? He is in real,real trouble.

  • Painfully Liberal 5th Jun '09 - 10:41am

    I see Brown has offered Alan Sugar the Tzarship Enterprise

  • Still think GB could be out of a job come the summer holidays. But, assuming he stays, I’d personally have ditched Darling and taken the consequent sniping from the backbenches – I’d also have deliberately snubbed his resignation statement (and remember we’ve still to get Purnell’s.) Bring in some of the left wingers and really implement the policies we all know he wants to – so leaving the Tories to sort the lot out when he’s gone.

  • David Allen 5th Jun '09 - 11:30pm

    “The last, fleeting twitches of a dead Government?”

    More like the living death of John Major and his “successful” back-me-or-sack-me gambit. Just enough strength to fend off the internal enemies and survive the full parliamentary term. Nothing like enough strength to do anything useful with the time in office, or stand an earthly chance of winning again.

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