David Cameron may have wanted to avoid a reshuffle but Gordon Brown’s decision to create a new Department of Energy and Climate Change (see CentreRight thread) will force the Conservative leader to reshuffle his pack.
Ed Miliband’s new Department takes energy and the environment from two other portfolios. Will David Cameron put current Environment and Rural Affairs spokesman Peter Ainsworth in the job or give it to someone else? Oliver Letwin apparently hoped to be Energy Secretary once David Cameron was in Number Ten.
A new Government department certainly means there’s room for one more face around the shadow cabinet table. We hope that will be Greg Clark. He’s the brightest and best of those not yet at the top table. Appointing Greg would show that intellectual seriousness was trumping gender as the key appointment criteria.
Other possible moves include Ed Vaizey or Maria Miller to international development and Eric Pickles or Jeremy Hunt to replace Caroline Spelman.
At a more junior level David Cameron should reappoint Graham Brady, Mark Field, Bernard Jenkin or/ and Patrick Mercer. He should show that there’s forgiveness in his leadership and a way back for people who have in some way disappointed him.