The Prime Minister David Cameron has reshuffled his Cabinet. It is the first major reshuffle since the Coalition Government came to power in 2010. The key players within Government are staying in their current posts; that is William Hague, Theresa May, Philip Hammond, George Osborne, Michael Gove and Ian Duncan Smith. The changes made to the Government are listed below.
Northern Ireland Secretary, OUT: Owen PATERSON, IN: Theresa VILLIERS.
Leader of the House of Commons, SIR George YOUNG, IN: Andrew LANSLEY.
Government Chief Whip, OUT: Patrick McLOUGHLIN, IN: Andrew MITCHELL.
Minister without Portfolio, OUT: Baroness WARSI, IN: Ken CLARKE.
Chair of the Conservative Party, OUT: Baroness WARSI, IN: Grant SHAPPS.
Solicitor General, OUT: Edward GARNIER, IN: Oliver HEALD.
Health Secretary, OUT: Andrew LANSLEY, IN: Jeremy HUNT.
Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary: OUT: Ken CLARKE, IN: Chris GRAYLING.
Transport Secretary, OUT: Justine GREENING, IN: Patrick McLOUGHLIN.
Secretary for CMS, OUT: Jeremy HUNT, IN: Maria MILLER.
DEFRA Secretary: OUT: Caroline SPELMAN, IN: Owen PATERSON.
Intl Development Secretary: OUT: Andrew MITCHELL, IN: Justine GREENING.
Welsh Secretary, OUT: Cheryl GILLAN, IN: David JONES.
Minister without Portfolio (attending Cabinet), Grant SHAPPS.
Snr FCO Minister and Minister for Faith and Communities, Baroness WARSI.
Chancellor, George OSBORNE.
Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny ALEXANDER.
Home Secretary, Theresa MAY.
Foreign Secretary, William HAGUE.
Defence Secretary, Philip HAMMOND.
Education Secretary, Michael GOVE.
Work and Pensions Secretary, Ian DUNCAN SMITH.
Business Secretary, Vince CABLE.
Energy Secretary, Ed DAVEY.
Secretary for Communities and Local Govt, Eric PICKLES.
The reshuffle went beyond just the Cabinet, a number of Junior Ministers were appointed and sacked. You can read the list of junior appointments and sackings here from Number 10. The most notable appointment to the Government was former Chief Secretary to the Treasury, David Laws MP who has been appointed as an Education Minister.
The Daily Mirror is today reporting that the Prime Minister, David Cameron has spent nearly £13,000 of taxpayer’s money on a VIP wine testing session in Australia. This is at a time when the world economy is in a crisis and at a time when millions of British people are struggling to make ends meet. £13,000 is the salary that many working class individuals earn in a YEAR yet this Prime Minister thinks it is acceptable to spend the money on something that is not related to government business but is in fact for himself.
It seems that this Prime Minister is completely out of touch with the people he is meant to represent, the country he is meant to lead and to an extent the Party he is meant to represent.
Police officers, nurses, doctors, firefighters, teachers and many more face redundancy due to the economic downturn and David Cameron must lead the austerity programme by example. He needs to cut back on the luxuries and focus on getting Britain back to work.
At a time when millions of families, individuals and businesses are struggling, the Prime Minister should be using all of his time looking for solutions to the economic downturn and looking for ways to help those in need. He should be using his time to do what he is supposed to be doing, being the Prime Minister and not going on a booze cruise! As the Mirror reports, David Cameron even left the Commonwealth summit early and skipped an official dinner.
You can read the article from the Daily Mirror here.
Today important elections are taking place across the United Kingdom, voters in London, Liverpool and Salford will decide who they want to be their directly elected Mayor whilst voters in Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Coventry, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield and Wakefield will vote on whether to have a directly elected Mayor or not.
Council elections are also happening today across most of the UK, the Liberal Democrats are expected to lose most of their councillors who were first elected in 2008 as a result of their part in the Coalition Government nationally and the Labour Party will be hoping to win councils including Glasgow. The Conservatives will hope to try and pick up some seats that will be lost by the Lib Dems whilst they face a threat of losing seats to the rapidly growing UKIP.
Today I have short blogs from members of the main three political parties about why you should vote for either the Conservatives, Labour or the Liberal Democrats. The links are below.
Cameron Brown on why you should vote Conservative today.
Ellis Palmer on why you should vote Labour today.
Tristan Pithers on why you should vote Lib Dem today.
Whatever you do please do go and use your democratic vote, voting matters. You can follow coverage of the election results, tonight on BBC1 from 11:35PM.
Cameron Brown (@Cameron_Brown_) is the Co-Chairman, South Tees Conservative Future
Today you have a real choice. You can vote Labour and return to the days of waste, tax, spend and borrow policies of the past, or you can vote Conservative and we’ll roll our sleeves up tomorrow and continue delivering real value for money whilst protecting those key services we need most.
Every single person across this wonderful country of ours has a reason to go out and vote Conservative today; the lone parent no longer paying Income Tax because we’re putting up the personal allowance to £10,000. The pensioner getting the biggest-ever cash rise in the state pension of £5.30 a week. The entrepreneur who’s benefiting from a Corporation Tax cut so he can afford to employ again. The patient who’s seen the number of doctors increase, whilst NHS bureaucrats are being cut. The motorist who’s seen the cost of fuel 6p lower than it would’ve been because we’ve abolished Labour’s fuel duty escalator. The single Mum who’s benefiting from 15 hours a week extended free childcare for 3 and 4 year-olds. And finally, the 25 million who will see their income tax bill drop by up to £326 a year. This is what the Conservatives are doing in government; getting on with the job.
There’s only one box you can cross today: you can either support the Labour Party which proudly rewards laziness, discourages work, makes you pay for their mistakes, or you can support the party for the grafters, the patriots, the family-raisers, the community-builders – the Conservative Party.
London is the greatest city on Earth. It deserves a Mayor who represents the many, not the few. That’s why I ask you vote Boris Johnson today. Never again must Londoners see their Mayor take taxpayer-funded trips to communist Cuba, the broken promises, the waste, the hypocrisy and the Council Tax hikes. Boris is a Londoner’s Mayor. He’s cutting Council Tax and putting £300 back in your pocket, putting more Police on the streets, improving transport and securing an Olympic legacy the entire country will be proud of. Red Ken and his cronies should never be allowed near City Hall ever again.
By trusting people we help individuals grow stronger. By sharing responsibility we help society grow stronger. We believe that there is such thing as society, but it’s not the same thing as the state. The Conservative Party stands for a free society and a strong nation state; we want to give people more opportunity and power over their lives to make families stronger, to make society more responsible and to make Britain safer and greener. You’ve seen what Labour have done to our country. We’re paying for that now. Make sure when your pencil hovers over the ballot paper today, you remember which party is acting in the long term interests of our country. A country where our grandchildren aren’t paying off our debt. A country where work pays and welfare doesn’t. A country led by the Conservatives.