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Theresa May makes string of junior ministerial appointments

Published 17/07/2016

Theresa May's new Government is almost complete
Theresa May's new Government is almost complete

Prime Minister Theresa May's new Government is almost complete after she made a string of junior ministerial appointments.

Sacked former Cabinet minister Michael Gove's team at the Ministry of Justice has been dramatically reshaped with Prisons Minister Andrew Selous the latest to leave the department.

Mrs May's ally Sir Alan Duncan returned to the frontbench as a foreign minister and her former parliamentary private secretary (PPS) Michael Ellis became deputy Commons leader.

George Hollingbery moved from the whips' office to become Mrs May's parliamentary private secretary.

Former foreign minister Hugo Swire has quipped that sacked allies of David Cameron were like condemned prisoners sent to the guillotine during the French Revolution.

But the new PM did show faith in some of the old guard, keeping George Osborne's former PPS Robert Halfon in Government as an Education Minister.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said it was "appalling" that Mrs May appeared to have scrapped the Syrian refugees minister position previously held by Richard Harrington.

"There are thousands of lives being lost, it is a very real humanitarian crisis on our doorstep, and we appear to be turning our backs," he said.

"This is not the Britain I know, we do not hide away from the rest of the world, we stand up for what is right and this Government are already showing signs that they are not going to rise to the challenge.

"This Tory Government, who also made Boris Johnson the Foreign Secretary and Priti Patel the head of International Development, appear to be actively trying to diminish the UK's place in the world."

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