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19.45

Three more ministers round out this evening’s announcements. Further appointments at Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State level are expected tomorrow.

  • Wendy Morton MP as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice
  • Matt Warman MP as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
  • Robin Walker MP as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Scotland Office and the Northern Ireland Office

19.00

Johnson has appointed Ben Elliot, a businessman, as co-chair of the Party. He will serve alongside James Cleverly, with the intention being to add experience of the business and charity sectors. Mark Wallace predicted this move on our site yesterday.

The following MPs and peers have also been appointed or confirmed.

  • Jo Churchill MP as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health and Social Care
  • Heather Wheeler MP as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Paul Maynard MP as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport
  • Seema Kennedy MP as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Home Department
  • Baroness Barran MBE as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
  • Mims Davies MP as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions
  • Edward Argar MP remains as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice

18.00

Announcements are slowing down as the evening draws in, but the Government have announced a round of Lords appointments.

  • The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of Lord Duncan of Springbank as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and at the Northern Ireland Office.
  • Lord Agnew of Oulton remains as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education.
  • Lord Gardiner of Kimble remains as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
  • Baroness Sugg CBE remains as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for International Development.
  • Baroness Vere of Norbiton remains as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport.

17.00

Been very quiet on ministerial announcements, but the Mail on Sunday’Harry Cole reports that Andrew Gilligan, the Sunday Times journalist, is to join the Prime Minister’s team as transport adviser. He has been involved in Policy Exchange’s ‘Capital City Foundation‘.

Following other appointments such as Kit Malthouse and Munira Mirza, this is further evidence of Johnson drawing on his old team from City Hall.

15.45

The Government have announced another round of continuity appointments from the May ministry:

  • Kevin Foster MP remains as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Wales Office and the Cabinet Office, and as a Government Whip
  • Chloe Smith MP remains as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Cabinet Office
  • Rebecca Pow MP remains as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
  • Guy Opperman MP remains as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions
  • Will Quince MP remains as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions
  • Nusrat Ghani remains as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport, and as an Assistant Government Whip

15.30

Another few appointments have come out this afternoon, in this case ministers retaining their jobs from the previous administration.

  • Kelly Tolhurst MP remains as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • John Glen MP remains as Economic Secretary to the Treasury.
  • Graham Stuart MP remains as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for International Trade.
  • Victoria Atkins MP remains as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Home Department, and as Minister for Women.

13.15

We’re now into day three of the construction of this new Government, and here are today’s first nine appointments:

  • Nick Hurd becomes Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office. I wondered yesterday when Kit Malthouse took over his role as Police Minister whether Hurd would retain Minister for London – he has.
  • George Freeman is the new Minister of State at the Department for Transport, returning to Government for the first time since 2016.
  • Michael Ellis – a barrister by profession – becomes Solicitor General. He was previously a Minister of State at the Department for Transport.
  • Nadhim Zahawi moves from Children’s Minister (PUSS at Education) to become a PUSS at BEIS.
  • Baroness Goldie moves from being a Lords whip to become a Minister of State at the Ministry of Defence.
  • Lord Ashton of Hyde is the new Lords Chief Whip, having served as a whip previously in the Cameron years. He replaces Lord Taylor of Holbeach, who has been Lords Chief Whip for almost five years.
  • Lord Callanan continues as a Minister of State at DEXEU, in which role he has served since 2017.
  • Baroness Williams of Trafford stays as Minister of State at the Home Office, and Minister for Equalities
  • Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon continues as Minister of State at the FCO.

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