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Summary

  1. Theresa May reshuffling cabinet
  2. Justine Greening quits as education secretary
  3. The BBC understands she turned down a role at Work and Pensions
  4. She is replaced by employment minister Damian Hinds
  5. Esther McVey becomes work and pension secretary
  6. Northern Ireland Secretary resigns for health reasons
  7. James Brokenshire needs lung operation
  8. Sir Patrick McLoughlin leaves role as party chairman
  9. Brandon Lewis succeeds him
  10. Karen Bradley moved from Culture to Northern Ireland
  11. Matt Hancock promoted to culture secretary
  12. David Lidington moves from Justice to Cabinet Office
  13. David Gauke is new Justice Secretary
  14. Jeremy Hunt adds social care to health brief

Live Reporting

By Gavin Stamp

All times stated are UK

Reshuffle recap: The main headlines

Justine Greening leaving Downing Street
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It's been a frantic day at Westminster full of twists and turns. Here are the main headlines.

  • Theresa May has completed a reshuffle of her cabinet, bringing a number of new faces into her top team, although the biggest jobs have all remained the same
  • Justine Greening has resigned as education secretary after reportedly turning down a move to Work and Pensions
  • Ms Greening has been replaced by Damian Hinds while Esther McVey becomes the new work and pensions secretary
  • Matt Hancock is also promoted to the cabinet as culture secretary while there are moves for David Gauke to justice, Karen Bradley to Northern Ireland and David Lidington to the Cabinet Office
  • Northern Ireland secretary James Brokenshire quits on health grounds ahead of surgery on a lung condition
  • Jeremy Hunt remains as health secretary but gets added responsibility for social care while Greg Clark stays at business despite speculation during the day that both might move
  • There is a major shake-up at Conservative Party headquarters, with Brandon Lewis becoming party chairman
  • Women's right groups have criticised Theresa May's decision to appoint an MP who opposed the decriminalisation of abortion to a party role representing women
  • Here is a full list of the cabinet after Monday's appointments
  • The reshuffle will continue on Tuesday with changes to the middle and junior ministerial ranks

10 women to attend cabinet - Downing Street

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But not all commentators are convinced that this represents a huge step forward.

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George Osborne's views on the reshuffle

What does former chancellor and now Evening Standard editor George Osborne, who is always free with his opinions when it comes to Theresa May's leadership, make of the reshuffle?

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Kuenssberg: May's day 'did not go to script'

Laura Kuenssberg says the reshuffle did not "entirely go to script" given that of the three ministers she wanted to move, one quit, one persuaded her that he should stay and the other wasn't even asked to move.

At the end of the day, she says the cabinet does not look very different from how it did this morning in terms of its gender balance and diversity.

While this was never intended to be a transformative moment - since the key figures in the PM's top team were all staying put - the BBC's political editor says No 10 will hope that day two of the reshuffle on Tuesday, when we will see changes to junior and middle ranks - goes more smoothly.

Greening 'should have expected to continue' in role

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Soames: There's room for improvement

It is now clear that Nicholas Soames, who is of course Winston Churchill's grandson, is not that happy with today's developments.

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Leadsom and Truss set to stay in post

Andrea Leadsom
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Andrea Leadsom and Liz Truss are expected to stay in their positions in government, the BBC understands.

The prime minister is likely to have conversations confirming this with them on the phone later this evening.

Andrea Leadsom is currently the Leader of the House of Commons and Liz Truss is Chief Secretary to the Treasury. Both attend cabinet.

Corbyn attacks 'pointless PR stunt'

Jeremy Corbyn
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Jeremy Corbyn has told a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party that the reshuffle was a "pointless and lacklustre" PR stunt.

"In 2018, the impact of Tory austerity is hitting home with the public, most tragically with the most serious NHS winter crisis yet," he said.

"And yet the government's big plan for the new year is to dodge the real issues and reshuffle the pack in a pointless and lacklustre PR exercise. It's simply not good enough. You can't make up for nearly eight years of failure by changing the name of a department."

Conservative MP on reshuffle: Is that it?

Former Conservative minister Nicholas Soames has a typically idiosyncratic take on the cabinet reshuffle.

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Theresa May's cabinet list so far

Here is the list of Theresa May's full cabinet, based on the appointments that have been announced.

Prime Minister: Theresa May

Chancellor: Philip Hammond

Home Secretary: Amber Rudd

Foreign Secretary: Boris Johnson

Brexit Secretary: David Davis

Defence Secretary: Gavin Williamson

Northern Ireland Secretary: Karen Bradley

Justice Secretary: David Gauke

Health and Social Care Secretary: Jeremy Hunt

Conservative chairman: Brandon Lewis

Business and Energy Secretary: Greg Clark

Housing and Communities Secretary: Sajid Javid

Culture, Media and Sports Secretary: Matt Hancock

International Trade Secretary: Liam Fox

Transport Secretary: Chris Grayling

Environment Secretary: Michael Gove

Leader of the House of Lords: Baroness Evans

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: David Lidington

International Development Secretary: Penny Mordaunt

Education Secretary: Damian Hinds

Work and Pensions Secretary: Esther McVey

Welsh Secretary: Alun Cairns

Scottish Secretary: David Mundell

Other ministers with the right to attend cabinet:

Attorney General: Jeremy Wright

Immigration Minister: Caroline Nokes

Minister of State for Business and Energy: Claire Perry

Claire Perry to attend cabinet as business minister

Claire Perry arriving outside No 10
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Let's recap on a few appointments we missed earlier.

Alun Cairns keeps his job as secretary of state for Wales while Jeremy Wright remains as attorney general.

Claire Perry is the new minister of state for business, energy and industry and, in that capacity, gets the right to attend cabinet.

The Devizes MP was seen as a protege of George Osborne. She quit her job as rail minister after David Cameron's resignation in July 2016.

But the pro-Remain MP rejoined the government last summer and is regarded as having done a good job since then as energy minister.

Labour opponent wishes Greening well

Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner has wished her former counterpart Justine Greening well after her surprise resignation.

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The Lib Dems have issued a somewhat more pointed response, suggesting Ms Greening had been "pushed out".

"The only rational explanation would be that this is an acknowledgement that the Conservatives have a failed schools policy," said the party's leader Vince Cable.

Esther McVey gets work and pensions post

Esther McVey is the new secretary of state for work and pensions, No 10 has announced.

This is a big cabinet promotion for the former minister, who lost her seat at the 2015 election but was re-elected in 2017 and has been a whip since November.

Hunt: Greening 'great loss' to government

Jeremy Hunt has had some quick explaining to do after he appeared to like a tweet confirming that Justine Greening had quit the cabinet.

As it turns out, it all appears to have been a case of fat finger.

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Mundell stays as Scottish Secretary

David Mundell
EPA

David Mundell is reappointed as Secretary of State for Scotland.

He was appointed in 2015 when the Tories only had one MP in Scotland but has retained the role even though the party has considerable more representation now after June's election.

Ex-Tory MP happy with lack of changes

Ruth Davidson 'sorry' at Greening's exit

Greening: I'll continue to campaign for equality of opportunity

Justine Greening has told the BBC she will continue to work outside government to do everything she can to promote equality of opportunity "for young people wherever they are growing up and whatever their circumstances".

After her surprise exit from office, she said "social mobility matters to me and our country more than a ministerial career - especially to young people".

The BBC understands she was reluctant to be moved from her role less than a month after launching the government's social mobility strategy, and after Jeremy Hunt was allowed to argue to stay in his role at Health.

Claire Perry arrives at No 10

Claire Perry has arrived at Downing Street. This suggests the energy minister is in line for a promotion.

Greening exit hits gender balance

Education Secretary Justine Greening's departure won't help attempts to improve the gender balance in the cabinet.

Before the reshuffle she was one of only six full members of the cabinet and Theresa May clearly was keen to keep her within her top team, albeit not in the job she wanted.

Ms Greening, who was also minister for women and equalities, revealed she was in a same sex relationship in June 2016 when she was international development secretary.

Prior to that, she was transport secretary, having been MP for the south-west London constituency of Putney since 2005.

BreakingDamian Hinds becomes education secretary

Damian Hinds is the new education secretary, replacing Justine Greening who has quit the government.

Mr Hinds was previously an employment minister.

Could Putney MP now rebel over Heathrow and Brexit?

May 'disappointed' at Greening's exit

Who will replace Greening at education?

Who could replace Justine Greening at education?

Employment minister Damian Hinds has been in Downing Street for more than an hour while Esther McVey, a former minister who is currently in the whip's office, has just entered No 10.

BreakingJustine Greening quits government

Education Secretary Justine Greening has quit the government after refusing a job at Work and Pensions.

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Laura Kuenssberg: What took so long in No 10?

Laura Kuenssberg

BBC political editor

The reshuffle isn't over, but we already know that it was not just the prime minister who had her say today, but her ministers too.

Jeremy Hunt, who has stayed as health secretary, and Greg Clark, who has stayed as business secretary, were both in No 10 for more than an hour this afternoon.

I understand that rather than meekly accepting whatever was being dangled before him (at least one of the likely jobs was a move to become business secretary, possibly a job swap with Greg Clark) the Health Secretary in fact argued his case for staying put and expanding his role to take on planning for the future of social care in England.

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When will Greening emerge?

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Michael Gove stays at environment

Michael Gove remains as secretary of state for the environment, food and rural affairs. He leaves No 10 briskly and gets into his ministerial car, undoubtedly keen to get back to work.

Mordaunt remains at international development

Another minister staying in her job is Penny Mordaunt as international development secretary.

To be fair, she has only been doing the role since early November, when she succeeded Priti Patel.

Michael Gove is in No 10

The environment secretary Michael Gove has entered No 10. There are still several big jobs up for grabs, including work and pensions and his old stomping ground of education. But it would be a big surprise if he was to move from his current role.

Grayling to stay as transport secretary

Chris Grayling has been re-appointed as transport secretary, it is confirmed.

At one point this morning, it looked like he would become Tory party chairman but he retains a job he has held since July 2016.

Hunt 'persuaded' PM over social care move

Laura Kuenssberg

BBC political editor

Jeremy Hunt
EPA

Jeremy Hunt argued "strongly and passionately" to stay on in his job as Secretary of State for Health, the BBC understands.

In what was a "fluid" situation, Mr Hunt was able to "persuade" the prime minister not just that he should stay at health but also take on responsibility for the future of social care policy, which was being developed by the Cabinet Office.

It is understood the discussion between the prime minister and Mr Hunt had "knock on" effects on the rest of the reshuffle.

It’s understood he did not stay at health because Greg Clark refused to move. Sources close to Mr Clark say, in fact, that Theresa May did not discuss him leaving his role this afternoon.

Liam Fox remains in trade post

As predicted, Liam Fox is staying put as Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade.

Hancock named new culture secretary

Matt Hancock is the new Secretary of State for culture, media, digital and sport.