Lord Mandelson handed ‘super department’ in Cabinet reshuffle

June 6, 2009 at 5:45 pm 2 comments

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Peter Mandelson has been given the title First Secretary of State and will head up a new department, it has been announced.

The title, last used by John Prescott, means he is in effect Deputy Prime Minister.

Harriet Harman, Deputy Leader of the Labour party, remains as Leader of the House of Commons, Lord Privy Seal and Minister for Women and Equality and she will continue to deputise for the Prime Minister at PMQs.

Gordon Brown reshuffled his Cabinet yesterday. Geoff Hoon, John Hutton, Jacqui Smith, James Purnell, Caroline Flint, Paul Murphy, Margaret Beckett, Beverley Hughes, Tony McNulty and Hazel Blears have all left the government.

Alan Johnson is the new Home Secretary, Lord Adonis is the new Transport Secretary, Yvette Cooper is Work and Pensions Secretary.

Bob Ainsworth joins the Cabinet as Defence Secretary as does Ben Bradshaw as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

Andy Burnham is the new Health Secretary.

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury is Liam Byrne and Peter Hain returns to the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Wales.

John Denham becomes Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

His department, Universities, Innovation and Skills, is to be merged with Lord Mandelson’s Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform to create the new Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Downing St said its key role will be to build Britain’s capabilities to compete in the global economy.

“The merger of BERR and DIUS brings together the parts of the government with key expertise in these areas,” according to Downing St.

“It combines BERR’s strengths in shaping the enterprise environment, analysing the strengths and needs of the various parts of British industry, building strategies for industrial strength and expertise in better regulation with DIUS’s expertise in maintaining world class universities, expanding access to higher education, investing in the UK’s science base and shaping skills policy and innovation through bodies such as the Technology Strategy Board.

“It also puts the UK’s Further Education system and universities closer to the heart of governm ent thinking about building now for the upturn.”

Glenys Kinnock, former MEP and wife of Labour party leader Neil Kinnock, is to join her husband in the House of Lords and take up the role of Minister of Europe.

Businessman Sir Alan Sugar has been appointed as the Government’s Enterprise Champion and will also take a seat in the Lords.

He will act as an adviser to small businesses and Government and and will work closely with Small Business Minister Shriti Vadera and Trade and Investment Minister Mervyn Davis.

From the Downing St website:

Friday 5 June 2009 – Full list of Cabinet members

The Queen is pleased to approve the following Ministerial appointments.

The Queen has also been pleased to approve that Lord Adonis and Ben Bradshaw MP be sworn of Her Majesty’s most honourable Privy Council.

Cabinet

Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury and Minister for the Civil Service

The Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP

Leader of the House of Commons and Lord Privy Seal; Minister for Women and Equality (and deputising for the Prime Minister at PMQs)

The Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC MP

First Secretary of State, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and Lord President of the Council

The Rt Hon Lord Mandelson

Chancellor of the Exchequer

The Rt Hon Alistair Darling MP

Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The Rt Hon David Miliband MP

Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor

The Rt Hon Jack Straw MP

Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Rt Hon Alan Johnson MP

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP

Secretary of State for International Development

The Rt Hon Douglas Alexander MP

Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

The Rt Hon John Denham MP

Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families

The Rt Hon Ed Balls MP

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

The Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP

Secretary of State for Health

The Rt Hon Andy Burnham MP

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

The Rt Hon Shaun Woodward MP * and #

Leader of the House of Lords and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

The Rt Hon Baroness Royall of Blaisdon

Minister for the Cabinet Office, and for the Olympics and Paymaster General

The Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP

Secretary of State for Scotland

The Rt Hon Jim Murphy MP

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The Rt Hon Yvette Cooper MP

Chief Secretary to the Treasury

The Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP

Secretary of State for Wales

The Rt Hon Peter Hain MP

Secretary of State for Defence

The Rt Hon Bob Ainsworth MP

Secretary of State for Transport

Lord Adonis

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

Ben Bradshaw MP

Other Cabinet attendees

Chief Whip (Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury)

The Rt Hon Nick Brown MP

Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The Rt Hon Lord Malloch-Brown

Minister of State (Housing), Department for Communities and Local Government

The Rt Hon John Healey MP

Minister of State (Business), Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Rt Hon Pat McFadden MP

Minister of State (Science and Innovation), Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Rt Hon Lord Drayson*

Minister of State (Employment), Department for Work and Pensions

The Rt Hon Jim Knight MP

Attend Cabinet when their Ministerial responsibilities are on the agenda

Attorney General

The Rt Hon Baroness Scotland of Asthal QC

Minister of State (Children), Department for Children, Schools and Families

The Rt Hon Dawn Primarolo MP

Minister of State (Regional Economic Development and Co-ordination) Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Rt Hon Rosie Winterton MP

The Queen has accepted the following resignations:

Cabinet resignations

The Rt Hon Hazel Blears MP
The Rt Hon Geoff Hoon MP
The Rt Hon John Hutton MP
The Rt Hon Paul Murphy MP
The Rt Hon James Purnell MP
The Rt Hon Jacqui Smith MP

Other resignations

The Rt Hon Tony McNulty MP**
The Rt Hon Margaret Beckett MP**
The Rt Hon Beverley Hughes MP**

* unpaid
** attended Cabinet
# Provides Ministerial support to the Prime Minister in the Cabinet Office on the coordination of Government Policy and Strategy.

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  • 1. Jack Home  |  June 6, 2009 at 11:51 pm

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  • 2. 迷你倉  |  June 8, 2009 at 2:56 am

    British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is under severe pressure to resign as one of his ministers quit and urged Brown to step down.

    James Purnell stepped down as work and pensions secretary with an open letter saying Brown’s continued leadership would be disastrous” for Britain.

    Tipped as a rising star within the governing Labour Party and a possible future leader, Purnell is the fifth minister to quit in recent days, the third at Cabinet level, piling the pressure on Brown to go.

    However, while the others were under fire in the ongoing row over lawmakers’ lavish expenses claims, Purnell was not and is the first government member to resign calling openly for Brown’s resignation.

    News of Purnell’s departure broke as polls closed yesterday in the European Parliament and English local elections, at which the party is expected to be trounced.

    Meanwhile an email letter was being circulated around party lawmakers calling for Brown to quit, while senior ministers are said to be unwilling to switch jobs in the looming Cabinet reshuffle.

    In power since 1997, the Labour Party has borne the brunt of public outrage over lawmakers’ dodgy expenses claims, a row made worse by the fact Britain is struggling to climb out of its worst recession in decades.

    Speculation that Brown is preparing to step down, dismissed as ”complete nonsense” by his spokesman, sent the British pound crashing against the euro and US dollar.

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