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1.34pm

  • Stephen Timms to be Chief Secretary to the Treasury.  Ed Balls to join Treasury team in junior ministerial role.
  • Hilary Armstrong to have responsibility for social exclusion in Cabinet.

1.02pm

  • Radio 4’s WATO reporting that Hutton and Hewitt to stay in post.

12.58pm:

  • Ruth Kelly takes over ODPM responsibilities.
  • Douglas Alexander (Brownite) goes to transport.
  • David Miliband to replace Beckett at environment.

11.31am:

11.27am:

  • This is an extensive reshuffle with a number of big casualties… Hilary Armstrong, Charles Clarke, Ian McCartney.   Has Blair created new, heavyweight critics on the backbenches?

11.25am:

  • No news yet on young guns Ed Balls, David Miliband and Douglas Alexander, or troubled ministers Patricia Hewitt or Ruth Kelly.

11.07am:

  • Des Browne (Brownite) to Defence…
  • Adam Boulton on Sky is questioning whether Hoon will be in Cabinet.

11.02am:

  • Alan Johnson (Blairite) moves to education…
  • Alistair Darling (Brownite) to DTI…
  • Jacqui Smith is new Chief Whip…
  • Hazel Blears (Blairite) is new Party Chair…

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10.54am:

  • John Reid (Blairite) is new Home Secretary.  Charles Clarke (Blairite) unhappy with PM’s decision.  PM offered Clarke an alternative job in Cabinet but he has chosen to return to backbenches.
  • 200510_121990_g_n_129_margaret_beckett_0Margaret Beckett has replaced Jack Straw as Foreign Secretary.
  • Jack Straw demoted to Leader of the House.
  • Geoff Hoon is new Cabinet Minister for Europe.
  • John Prescott stays as Deputy PM and in charge of key Cabinet committees but loses Office of Deputy Prime Minister.

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