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Grayling dodges the axe as Theresa May shuffles her pack

9 Jan 2018

 

 

Theresa Mays cabinet reshuffle yielded very few surprises although on eposition did stand out.

 

Despite being widely tipped for the chop,  Secretary of State for Transport,  Chris Grayling,  remains in his post.

 

Grayling, who has been in his post since July 2016, has courted controversy due to his inaction surrounding various aspects of the taxi industry, which include a cross-border hiring, giving local authorities the power to cap both taxis and PHVs as well as not obtaining a legal definition as to what constitutes plying for hire. 

 

He has also been under some scrutiny surrounding a recent trip to Qatar, just as rail fares rose by 3.7% and was deemed by some to be "missing in action." This led to widespread criticism from within the media as well as rail passenger groups.

 

It had been mistakenly tweeted earlier in the day that he would replace Patrick McLoughlin as Tory Party Chairman,  a post which has been taken up by Brandon Lewis.

 

The reshuffle winners and losers are:

 

Education Secretary:

Justine Greening, out

Damian Hinds, in

 

Conservative Party Chairman: 

Patrick McLoughlin, out

Brandon Lewis, in

 

Northern Ireland Secretary:

James Brokenshire, out

Karen Bradley, in

 

David Gauke has been appointed Justice Secretary.

 

Matt Hancock has been appointed Culture Secretary.

 

James Cleverly has been appointed Tory Party Deputy Chair.

 

David Lidington has been appointed Cabinet Office minister and chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. 

 

Finally both Jeremy Hunt and Sajid Javid have both been given expanded roles.

 

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