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Everything You Need To Know About David Cameron's Reshuffle

The prime minister is changing his team as the general election approaches. Out go the old ministers, in come the fresh faces.

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William Hague, Michael Gove and Ken Clarke have all been moved or sacked as foreign secretary as part of a wide-ranging government reshuffle.

Several other cabinet ministers have lost their jobs or quit, including veteran minister badger-culling environment secretary Owen Paterson, and attorney general Dominic Grieve.

These are the ministers who have either quit, been sacked or moved elsewhere.

This is how the cabinet looked on Monday morning – and this is what happened to them. The Lib Dems will have their own reshuffle later in the year, meaning all their ministers were safe this time around.


After Monday's nights sackings there were 14 ministers who have lost their jobs. All were white, middle-aged males.

This is all part of David Cameron's push to clear the decks and bring new faces and women into the cabinet ahead the general election.


Senior ministerial moves:

Michael Gove - MOVED from education secretary to chief whip

William Hague - MOVED from foreign secretary to leader of the house of commons

Ken Clarke - OUT as minister without portfolio

Owen Paterson - OUT as environment secretary

Philip Hammond - MOVED from defence secretary to foreign secretary

Dominic Grieve - OUT as attorney general

David Jones - OUT as welsh secretary

George Young - OUT as chief whip

Andrew Lansley - OUT as leader of the house of commons

David Willetts - OUT as science and universities minister

The rest:

Alan Duncan - OUT as international development minister

Damian Green - OUT as policing minister

Matt Hancock - MOVED from treasury to business minister

Andrew Lansley - OUT as leader of the house of commons

Nicky Morgan - PROMOTED from treasury minister to education secretary

Michael Fallon - PROMOTED from business minister to defence secretary

Liz Truss - PROMOTED from education minister to environment secretary

Greg Clark - MOVED from cities minister to science and universities

Jeremy Wright - PROMOTED from justice minister to attorney general

Greg Barker - OUT as climate change minister

Stephen Crabb - PROMOTED from Welsh minister to Welsh secretary

Stephen Hammond - OUT as rail minister

Andrew Robathan - OUT as Northern Ireland minister

Hugh Robertson - OUT as foreign office minister

Oliver Heald - OUT as solicitor general

Penny Mordaunt - PROMOTED to communities minister

Priti Patel - PROMOTED to exchequer secretary

Amber Rudd - PROMOTED to energy minister

Anna Soubry - PROMOTED from junior defence minister to defence minister

Claire Perry - PROMOTED from whip's office to transport minister

Mark Harper - PROMOTED to work and pensions minister

Mike Penning - MOVED from work and pensions minister to home affairs minister

John Hayes - MOVED from the cabinet office to transport minister

Nick Boles - MOVED from planning minister to business and education minister with responsibility for equal marriage.

Baroness Stowell - PROMOTED to leader of the house of lords.

Ed Vaizey - MOVED to minister for digital industries within culture department

Brooks Newmark - PROMOTED to minister of civil society

Andrew Murrison - PROMOTED to northern ireland minister

George Freeman - PROMOTED to minister for life sciences

Julian Brazier - PROMOTED to defence minister

Desmond Swayne - PROMOTED to development minister

Robert Buckland - PROMOTED to solicitor general

Nick Gibb - PROMOTED to education minister

Oliver Letwin - MOVED to minister for government policy

Jim Waterson is a politics editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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