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Reshuffle: Theresa May praises 'talent from across party'

June 11, 2017 4:35 pm

Theresa May has said the government will focus on social issues and “delivering a successful Brexit” as she completed a Cabinet reshuffle.

The PM said the new line-up brought in “talent from across the whole of the Conservative party”.

Her comments came after Michael Gove, one of the driving forces behind Brexit, returned to the front bench as environment secretary.

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She said it was a “government that’s going to be governing for everyone”.

Damian Green has been made First Secretary of State in the reshuffle.

This effectively makes the former work and pensions secretary, a friend and ally of the PM, her second in command.

Mrs May said: "What I’ve done today is seen people from across the party accepting the invitation to be in my Cabinet, and crucially I’ve brought in talent from across the whole of the Conservative party.

“We want a country that works for everyone.”

She said she had appointed “a Cabinet that will get on with the job of government”.

“That’s about delivering a successful Brexit negotiations. And those negotiations start in a week’s time.”

Mrs May also said the government would be tackling issues such as the Brexit negotiations, and such issues as education, “dealing for the need for more housing” and a “proper mental health legislation that is going to support people”.

And when asked if she would continue in office, she replied: “I said during the election campaign if re-elected, I would serve a full term.”

The previous environment secretary, Andrea Leadsom, has been appointed as the leader of the House in the Commons.

Most other ministers have kept their roles – but Liz Truss is moved from justice to chief treasury secretary.

Commons leader David Liddington takes over as justice secretary and Lord Chancellor.

Chief Treasury Secretary David Gauke has been appointed work and pensions secretary.

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