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David Cameron's cabinet begins to take shape

Published 11/05/2010 | 22:19

William Hague, the Conservative Shadow Foreign Secretary, addresses media outside the Houses of Parliament on May 10, 2010
William Hague, the Conservative Shadow Foreign Secretary, addresses media outside the Houses of Parliament on May 10, 2010
Conservative Chancellor George Osborne
Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street after an audience with The Queen at which she invited him to form a new government
Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, wave on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street after an audience with The Queen
Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, stand in Downing Street after an audience with The Queen
Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron leaves Buckingham Palace after receiving an invitation from Britain's Queen Elizabeth II to form a new government
Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, stand in Downing Street
Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, stand in Downing Street
Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, stand in Downing Street after an audience with The Queen at which she invited him to form a new government
The official Buckingham Palace document released by the press office, announcing Queen Elizabeth II's request for David Cameron to form a new administration
Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, wave on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street
Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street
Staff listen to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown making a statement as he leaves Downing Street on May 11, 2010 in London, England
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II greets David Cameron at Buckingham Palace in an audience to invite him to be the next Prime Minister
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II greets David Cameron at Buckingham Palace in an audience to invite him to be the next Prime Minister
The new Prime Minister David Cameron leaves Buckingham Palace on May 11, 2010 in London, England
Prime Minister David Cameron and wife Samantha Cameron stand on the steps of Downing Street
Prime Minister Gordon Brown, his wife Sarah and their sons James Fraser and John leave Downing Street on May 11, 2010 in London, England. After five days of negotiation a Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government has been confirmed
Prime Minister Gordon Brown gives a statement outside 10 Downing Street
Prime Minister Gordon Brown has announced his resignation
Prime Minister Gordon Brown speaks about the current state of Government and announces that he will step down as Labour leader, outside number 10 Downing Street on May 10, 2010 in London
Possible candidates to replace Gordon Brown as leader of the Labour Party (1st row, left - right) Harriet Harman, Alan Johnson, David Miliband (2nd row, left - right) Ed Balls, Jack Straw and Ed Miliband. David Miliband emerged as early favourite to take over from Gordon Brown as the next Labour leader, according to bookmakers. The Foreign Secretary is the front-runner in the Labour leadership contest with the bookmakers Paddy Power, William Hill and Ladbrokes.
Television crews conduct interviews with politicians and journalists into the night adjacent to the Houses of Parliament on May 10, 2010
Gordon Brown jokes with David Miliband - the man who could now replace him as Labour leader
Foreign Secretary David Miliband leaves Downing Street on May 10, 2010 in London, England.
Electoral reform protesters demonstrate outside the Workers Foundation in Westminster on May 10, 2010 in London, England
An electoral reform protester wears a mask depecting David Cameron as they gather outside the Workers Foundation in Westminster on May 10, 2010 in London, England
An electoral reform protester wears a mask depecting David Cameron as they gather outside the Workers Foundation in Westminster on May 10, 2010 in London, England
Conservative Party education spokeman Michael Gove gestures to a colleague at Parliament on May 10, 2010 in London, England
Conservative Party education spokeman Michael Gove (L) talks with former Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik at Parliament on May 10
Hilary Benn, the Environment Secretary, leaves Downing Street following a cabinet meeting on May 10, 2010 in London, England
Peter Hain, the Welsh secretary, leaves Downing Street following a cabinet meeting on May 10, 2010
Secretary of State for Health Andy Burnham arrives for a cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street, London on May 10, 2010 in London
Harriet Harman, Labour's deputy leader leaves Downing Street following a cabinet meeting on May 10, 2010 in London, England

William Hague was this evening confirmed as Foreign Secretary and George Osborne as Chancellor of the Exchequer in the new Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition Government.

Senior Conservative sources confirmed the two men retain the roles they held in the Tory shadow cabinet, scotching widespread speculation that the Chancellor's job might go to Kenneth Clarke or even Lib Dem Vince Cable.

Downing Street this evening said no ministerial posts would be officially confirmed tonight, but reports suggested the deal struck between David Cameron and Nick Clegg's parties includes a promise of six seats around the Cabinet table for Liberal Democrats.

Mr Clegg himself may be rewarded for leading his party to a share of power with the post of Deputy Prime Minister.

And it is expected that Mr Cable will be appointed Mr Osborne's number two as Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

Reports suggested Liberal Democrat David Laws will be made Schools Secretary and Tory Andrew Lansley Health Secretary - both also keeping their briefs from opposition. Tory Liam Fox was also reportedly given the post of Defence Secretary, again retaining his role held in the shadow cabinet.

The need to give jobs to Liberal Democrats means some members of Mr Cameron's shadow cabinet are likely to be awarded less senior jobs than they had been expecting in the run-up to the General Election, providing the first big test of his man-management abilities as PM.

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