Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Potential Brown rival given key role in Cabinet

Gordon Brown today handed his potential leadership rival Alan Johnson the post of Home Secretary as part of his make-or-break reshuffle on a dramatic day in Downing Street.

Among the main changes, out went Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon and Defence Secretary John Hutton, who both resigned from the Cabinet.

Their exits followed on from the resignations of Work and Pensions Secretary James Purnell, Communities Secretary Hazel Blears and Home Secretary Jacqui Smith in recent days. Paul Murphy also returns to the backbenches after a brief stint as Welsh Secretary.

Peter Hain replaces him in the Cabinet as Welsh Secretary and Armed Forces Minister Bob Ainsworth is promoted to Defence Secretary.

Cabinet Office Minister Liam Byrne will become Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Health Minister Ben Bradshaw is the new Culture Secretary. Lord Adonis becomes Transport Secretary.

Foreign Secretary David Miliband, Chancellor Alistair Darling and Business Secretary Lord Mandelson all remain in their roles.

Full list of the new Cabinet:

Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury and Minister for the Civil Service

The Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP

Leader of the House of Commons and Lord Privy Seal; Minister for Women and Equality (and deputising for the Prime Minister at PMQs)

The Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC MP

First Secretary of State, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and Lord President of the Council

The Rt Hon Lord Mandelson

Chancellor of the Exchequer

The Rt Hon Alistair Darling MP

Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The Rt Hon David Miliband MP

Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor

The Rt Hon Jack Straw MP

Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Rt Hon Alan Johnson MP

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP

Secretary of State for International Development

The Rt Hon Douglas Alexander MP

Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

The Rt Hon John Denham MP

Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families

The Rt Hon Ed Balls MP

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

The Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP

Secretary of State for Health

The Rt Hon Andy Burnham MP

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

The Rt Hon Shaun Woodward MP

Leader of the House of Lords and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

The Rt Hon Baroness Royall of Blaisdon

Minister for the Cabinet Office, and for the Olympics and Paymaster General

The Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP

Secretary of State for Scotland

The Rt Hon Jim Murphy MP

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The Rt Hon Yvette Cooper MP

Chief Secretary to the Treasury

The Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP

Secretary of State for Wales

The Rt Hon Peter Hain MP

Secretary of State for Defence

The Rt Hon Bob Ainsworth MP

Secretary of State for Transport

Lord Adonis

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

Ben Bradshaw MP

Other Cabinet attendees

Chief Whip (Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury)

The Rt Hon Nick Brown MP

Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The Rt Hon Lord Malloch-Brown

Minister of State (Housing), Department for Communities and Local Government

The Rt Hon John Healey MP

Minister of State (Business), Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Rt Hon Pat McFadden MP

Minister of State (Science and Innovation), Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Rt Hon Lord Drayson

Attend Cabinet when their Ministerial responsibilities are on the agenda

Attorney General

The Rt Hon Baroness Scotland of Asthal QC

Minister of State (Children), Department for Children, Schools and Families

The Rt Hon Dawn Primarolo MP

Minister of State (Employment), Department for Work and Pensions

The Rt Hon Jim Knight MP

Minister of State (Regional Economic Development and Co-ordination) Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Rt Hon Rosie Winterton MP

The Queen has accepted the following resignations:

Cabinet resignations

The Rt Hon Hazel Blears MP

The Rt Hon Geoff Hoon MP

The Rt Hon John Hutton MP

The Rt Hon Paul Murphy MP

The Rt Hon James Purnell MP

The Rt Hon Jacqui Smith MP

Other resignations

The Rt Hon Tony McNulty MP

The Rt Hon Margaret Beckett MP

The Rt Hon Beverley Hughes MP

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