DAVID CAMERON has announced his biggest reshuffle in the conservative office which sees Elizabeth Truss take over as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from Owen Patterson.
The prime minister has made way for a more female and state-educated top team as a many of the male middle-aged ministers have been replaced or demoted.
Elizabeth Truss, who was formerly an education minister and entered the Commons in 2010, will take on Patterson’s former role with immediate effect as he takes a seat in the back benches. Patterson’s departure has been welcomed by many environmentalist groups as due to the public’s belief that he did not take the issue of climate change seriously enough.
Amber Rudd has also been appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), while Matt Hancock has replaced Energy Minister Michael Fallon.
However, Edward Davey, Secretary of State for energy and Climate change is staying put along with Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health and Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Another move that many have welcomed is former treasury minister, Nicky Morgan, taking over the role of Education Secretary from Michael Gove. Gove has been reassigned with the role of Chief Whip and Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury.
Other new faces include Michael Fallon, who replaces Philip Hammond as Secretary for Defence, Jeremy Wright and Stephen Crabb as Welsh secretary, instead of David Jones.