As it happened: PM reshuffles cabinet

Key points

  • Prime Minister David Cameron is reshuffling the Conservative members of his cabinet
  • William Hague has stood down as foreign secretary but will stay in the Cabinet as Leader of the Commons
  • Philip Hammond is the new foreign secretary; Michael Fallon replaces him in defence
  • Michael Gove is being moved from education to be Commons chief whip
  • Two women, Liz Truss and Nicky Morgan, have been promoted to the cabinet; Esther McVey will attend cabinet
  • Environment Secretary Owen Paterson and Welsh Secretary David Jones are among those sacked

Live text


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  • Richard Irvine-Brown 
  • Lyndsey Telford 
  • Mamdouh Akbiek 
  • Mohamed Madi 
  • Tom Moseley 
  • Alex Kleiderman 

Last updated 14 July 2014


Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the prime minister's cabinet reshuffle.

BREAKING 22:01 Breaking News

It has just been announced that William Hague is to step down as foreign secretary.

BREAKING 22:02 Breaking News

As part of the ministerial reshuffle David Cameron has been working on this evening, Mr Hague will stay in the Cabinet as Leader of the Commons and then leave parliament at the next election.


A reshuffle was widely predicted for today - but news only started to come through after 17:00 BST.


Ken Clarke

The first ministers to be confirmed as departing were the Secretary of State for Wales David Jones and Ken Clarke (pictured above walking into Downing Street), who was minister without portfolio.


Although, a cabinet reshuffle was widely expected, news of Mr Hague's departure came as a surprise.


Mr Hague has been foreign secretary since the coalition government came into power in May 2010.


William Hague

Mr Hague, seen here entering Downing Street this afternoon, has been the MP for Richmond in North Yorkshire since 1989.


Mr Hague's new role is the biggest change in a reshuffle amongst Conservative ministers that continues tonight.


This is the first time since David Cameron became prime minister in 2010 that he has had to find a new recruit for one of the big offices of state - chancellor, home secretary and foreign secretary. It is not known tonight who will replace William Hague at the Foreign Office.