Winner and losers in May’s reshuffle

Winners and losers in Theresa May’s post-election cabinet reshuffle:

*Michael Gove – winner

Returns to frontline politics almost a year after the Brexit campaigner was frozen out by May in her first Cabinet.


* David Gauke – winner

A second promotion in as many May Cabinets, having been picked to replace Damian Green at the Department for Work and Pensions.

*Damian Green – winner

Goes from Work and Pensions Secretary to First Secretary of State, effectively May’s number two as the title is generally associated with the role of deputy prime minister.

* David Lidington – winner

Steps into Liz Truss’s shoes as Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary.

* Liz Truss – loser

The biggest loser in the reshuffle, going from justice secretary and a significant seat at the top table to being one of four people who “also attends Cabinet”.

Other notable cabinet members:

* Philip Hammond

Former foreign secretary, Hammond remains as Chancellor of the Exchequer.

* Amber Rudd

After suffering a nervous election night which saw her majority significantly reduced Rudd has been given some comfort, remaining home secretary.

*Boris Johnson

Despite rumours he was again manoeuvring for a potential leadership bid, Johnson has kept his brief as foreign minister amid strenuous denials he is eyeing Theresa May’s job.

* Michael Fallon

This loyal defender of the prime minister remains defence secretary.

* David Davis

David retains the role of secretary of state for Brexit created in July 2016 and will stay front and centre in the looming negotiations for Britain’s exit from the EU.