Last month, we highlighted how Theresa May was struggling to plug gaps in her Government, with several ministerial posts and a raft of PPS positions going unfilled.
Soon after that she embarked on a round of appointments, and yesterday evening the Prime Minister rounded this off with a small number of further appointments.
First, Luzy Frazer (QC) has been moved from the Ministry of Justice to be made Solicitor General, replacing Robert Buckland who takes the opposite journey. As our editor pointed out this morning, Frazer is now well-positioned to take over from Geoffrey Cox as Attorney General at some point in the future.
Meanwhile Dr Andew Murrison is taking up ministerial posts at the Foreign Office and Department for International Development, putting an end to speculation that Alistair Burt might return to the role.
He is part of what is an important constituency for the Prime Minister: pro-Brexit Conservative MPs who are not, as far as we know, aligned with the European Research Group. As a former minister he will also be able to swiftly get to grips with the role, which is all the more important given the potentially short lifespan of this ministry.
Both of these therefore seem to be sensible, well-judged appointments – from someone who once aspired to make Karen Bradle Home Secretary. May’s lack of room for manoeuvre continues to serve the country well.