Daily Archives: May 13, 2010

Here is the list we’ve been waiting for all day: I’ve added which party they are on the right; C for Conservative, LD for Lib Dem.

Minister of State – David Lidington MP (C)
Minister of State – Jeremy Browne MP (LD)

Financial Secretary – Mark Hoban MP (C)
Economic Secretary – Justine Greening MP† (C)
Exchequer Secretary – David Gauke MP† (C) Read more

Greg Clark, who is a fine and clever Conservative cruelly robbed of a cabinet post, has – according to Iain Dale - just been appointed minister of state for decentralisation.

The Times (Mike Wade and Tom Baldwin) revealed this morning that Brown’s parting gift from the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh was signed photographs of the royal couple in leather frames bought from Smythson: “The Mayfair store that employs Samantha Cameron as its creative director“. The scoop is buried at the bottom of page 15 in today’s edition, if you missed it.

Mrs Cameron, who is pregnant, quit her job at Smythson today.

David Cameron is the first prime minister to rise from the staff ranks of his own party — he is a true son of the Tory secretariat. You can read a profile of his days as a special adviser in Whitehall here.

David Crouch, one of the stakhanovites on the FT’s UK newsdesk, has worked up a list of the other “back room boys” that have made it into this cabinet: Read more

Hat-tip: The Madano Partnership:

Zac Goldsmith (Richmond Park) – son of late Referendum Party leader, Sir James Goldsmith
Ben Gummer (Ipswich) – son of John Gummer MP
Caroline Nokes (Romsey & Southampton North – daughter of former MEP, Roy Perry)
Mark Pawsey (Rugby – son of former MP, James Pawsey)
Jacob Rees-Mogg (Somerset North East – son of Lord Rees-Mogg)
Laura Sandys (Thanet South – daughter of Lord Duncan-Sandys)
Julian Sturdy (York Outer – son of Robert Sturdy MEP)
Robin Walker (Worcester – son of Lord Walker of Worcester)
Anas Sarwar (Lab – Glasgow Central) – son of former MP, Mohammed Sarwar.

Great swathes of the Treasury website have been taken down with the arrival of George Osborne. This picture will not be very reassuring to Britain’s PFI industry.

Inevitably there was a tremendous flap in Whitehall over handling the online implications of the first change of government in the internet age. You can read more about it here. Read more

A seating plan for the Con-Lib coalition cabinet after its first meeting , on May 13. Read more

It was not quite “we will fight them on the beaches”. But Cameron’s riposte yesterday over having once derided Clegg as a “joke” was very familiar: Read more