As it happened: David Cameron's Cabinet reshuffle

Key points

  • David Cameron is reshuffling his cabinet and junior ministerial team
  • Andrew Lansley, Ken Clarke and Justine Greening all moved to lower profile roles
  • Baroness Warsi leaving role as Tory Party co-chairman, Grant Shapps replaces her
  • Andrew Mitchell is Chief Whip, Patrick McLoughlin takes over at Transport
  • Cheryl Gillan replaced as Welsh Secretary by David Jones
  • Iain Duncan Smith stays as welfare chief after rejecting move to justice job

Live text


  • Aiden James 
  • Kayte Rath 

Last updated 4 September 2012


Welcome to our live coverage of David Cameron's first major reshuffle since the coalition came to power in 2010. We'll be keeping you up to date with all the news of who's up and who's down as rumours and speculation swirl around Westminster.


Cheryl Gillan has confirmed she is to be replaced as Welsh secretary.


Ms Gillan said on Twitter it had been a privilege to serve in the cabinet. There is pressure from Conservatives in Wales for her successor to be an MP with a Welsh seat. Possible contenders include Wales Office minister David Jones and Stephen Crabb, a whip.


Last night we heard that Andrew Mitchell was to leave International Development and move to be the new Chief Whip. He replaces Patrick McLaughlin, who will get a new job in government - as yet unknown.


Nick Robinson, Political editor

The former Justice Secretary, Ken Clarke will be minister without portfolio based in the Cabinet Office where, I'm told, he will act as government's "wise head" offering advice to the prime minister.


Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has been out for his morning run. When asked by reporters what job he would be in this evening he said: "No news I'm afraid."


Nick Robinson, Political editor

The big winners - those promoted because, it is claimed, they will be better administrators or better communicators than those they replace - will march up Downing Street in front of the cameras to hear their good news.


We've got a new blog from BBC Political Editor Nick Robinson with his reshuffle tips.


Nick Robinson, Political editor

Last night David Cameron met with some of those ministers who he is asking to move. Among them the now former Conservative Party Chairman, Baroness Warsi and former Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman.

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