Just when you think it’s all done and dusted, up pops Number 10 with a last few bits of reshuffle business. Here is the latest:
Andrew Selous is now Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice – he is therefore the Prisons Minister we had all been searching for. Ian Dunt reports there was some difficulty with the post, including Shailesh Vara turning the job down, which would explain the delay.
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon is promoted to the post of Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in DCLG. Labour are currently trying to make hay about an alleged overhearing of him on a train discussing the reshuffle – but we should remember that last week’s “overheard on a train” story suggesting IDS was certain to go turned out to be off the mark.
Anne Milton has been promoted to Government Whip and Vice Chamberlain of HM Household. As well as a whip, this means she will write the daily reports of parliamentary business to the Queen.
Lord Ashton of Hyde is now a Government Whip in the House of Lords.
And that, as they say, is that – hopefully.