1530: Ken Clarke takes his place on the frontbench alongside David Cameron and George Osborne in the chamber this afternoon:


1515: Paul Waugh at the Evening Standard lists some names moving in the junior ranks:

  • Justine Greening gets promotion to
    number 2 slot at Communities and Local Govt;
  • Richard Benyon gets Shadow
  • Crispin Blunt gets shadow security,
  • David Evennett gets Shadow
  • Greg Hands joins the Treasury team
  • John Penrose gets shadow business beat
  • Bill Wiggin and Rob Wilson join the whips.

1445: Just noticed that in a post this morning Andrew Porter reported that Edward Garnier will be shadow attorney general – which turned out not to be the case. It will remain Dominic Grieve.

1330: A smooth reshuffle wasn’t quite perfect (from

1250: Iain Dale reports that Michael Fallon turned down the chance to serve on the Treasury team in favour of remaining on the treasury select committee.

1225: With Mark Francois promoted to shadow cabinet, we have confirmation that his fellow foreign affairs team member David Lidington will no longer attend shadow cabinet meetings, but he will remain in place as an extremely well-regarded member of William Hague’s team.

1130: Confirmation of all Shadow Cabinet changes from CCHQ on this ToryDiary thread

1130: Sky report that among the reshuffling, shadow Europe minister Mark Francois is being promoted to the shadow cabinet.

1127: CCHQ releases statements from David Cameron and Ken Clarke on Clarke’s return to the frontbench. Read them on the reaction to Clarke’s appointment thread.

1124: Nick Herbert confirmed as shadow Defra secretary.

1118: Theresa May confirmed as new shadow work and pensions secretary.

1114: BBC – Alan Duncan is shadow leader of the Commons.

1112: Unconfirmed rumours of Chris Grayling taking Home Affairs, Dominic Grieve moving to Justice and Nick Herbert to Defra

Material from earlier in the morning is on this live blog