Sadiq Khan first Muslim to attend Cabinet as reshuffle completed

June 8, 2009 at 1:32 pm Leave a comment

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Prime Minister Gordon Brown has completed the reshuffle of his ministerial team that began with the Cabinet on Friday.

Sadiq Khan becomes Minister of State at the Department of Transport and a privy counsellor. He will be the first Muslim to attend Cabinet.

Twin sisters Maria and Angela Eagle become Ministers of State, at Justice and Work and Pensions respectively.

Gordon Brown’s parliamentary private secretary, Angela E Smith, becomes a Cabinet Office minister and will also be sworn of the Privy Council.

Mike O’Brien moves to Health and becomes a privy counsellor along with Paul Goggins, who remains at the Northern Ireland Office.

Bill Rammell and Lord Drayson move to the Ministry of Defence in the reshuffle, though Lord Drayson is “shared” with the new Department for Business.

Gillian Merron is to become a Minister of State at Health and Dawn Primarolo will become Minister of State at the Department for Children, Schools and Familes.

Kevin Brennan moves from DCFS to the new Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Jane Kennedy has resigned from the government. She was an environment minister and has been replaced by Jim Fitzpatrick.

She told the BBC: “I was asked if I wanted to stay in government and if I did, would I give an assurance that I would be in support of Gordon Brown?

“I wasn’t able to give them that assurance and therefore I have not been reappointed to the government.

“I’ve been unhappy for some time about briefings against individuals, leaks, smears against colleagues.

“It’s a style, a type of politics that I have fought against all my working life since battling against the Militant Tendency here in Liverpool. It’s not a kind of politics that I want to be associated with.”

Full list of ministerial appointments:

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Rt Hon Pat McFadden MP**
The Rt Hon Lord Drayson* & ** (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
The Rt Hon David Lammy MP
The Rt Hon Rosie Winterton MP*** (jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government)
Lord Davies of Abersoch CBE* (jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
Kevin Brennan MP

HM Treasury

Financial Secretary – The Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP
Phil Woolas MP**** (jointly with the Home Office)

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The Rt Hon Lord Malloch-Brown KCMG**
Lord Davies of Abersoch CBE* (jointly with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)
Ivan Lewis MP
Glenys Kinnock

Ministry of Justice

The Rt Hon Michael Wills MP
Maria Eagle MP

Home Office

The Rt Hon David Hanson MP
Phil Woolas MP (jointly with HM Treasury****)

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Jim Fitzpatrick MP

Department for International Development

Gareth Thomas MP

Department for Communities and Local Government

The Rt Hon John Healey MP**
The Rt Hon Rosie Winterton MP*** (jointly with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)

Department for Children, Schools and Families

The Rt Hon Dawn Primarolo MP***
Vernon Coaker MP

Department of Energy and Climate Change

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath OBE; and Deputy Leader of the House of Lords
Joan Ruddock MP

Department of Health

Gillian Merron MP
Mike O’Brien MP
Phil Hope MP

Northern Ireland Office

Paul Goggins MP

Cabinet Office

Angela E Smith MP

Ministry of Defence

Bill Rammell MP
The Rt Hon Lord Drayson* & ** (jointly with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)

Department for Transport

Sadiq Khan MP***

Department for Work and Pensions

The Rt Hon Jim Knight MP**
Angela Eagle MP

* unpaid
** attends Cabinet
*** attends Cabinet when Ministerial responsibilities are on the agenda
**** with responsibility for revenue protection at the border

The Queen has been pleased to approve that Sadiq Khan MP, Angela E Smith MP, Paul Goggins MP, and Mike O’Brien MP be sworn of Her Majesty’s most honourable Privy Council.

The Queen has been pleased to signify Her intention of conferring a peerage of the United Kingdom for Life on Glenys Kinnock.

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