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May's New Ministers - The key appointments

15 June 2017

After a shock General Election result, Prime Minister Theresa May opted to press ahead with a Government reshuffle.

Though limited in scope compared to the Cabinet cull some had expected prior to the Conservatives' electoral woes, it nonetheless contained major new appointments to some of the biggest ministerial offices.

Here, DeHavilland's Monitoring Consultants highlight a selection of the new faces you need to know.

We have a wealth of critical information on all the freshly-appointed ministers. Get in touch now to discuss your post-election priorities.

Education Minister Anne Milton

Anne Milton, the Conservative Government's Deputy Chief Whip during the 2015 Parliament, has been appointed as Minister of State at the Department for Education.

  • A former district nurse, she previously served as Public Health Minister during the early part of the Coalition era.
  • Ms Milton has campaigned locally to encourage apprenticeships.
  • Further Education sector representatives have welcomed her appointment, declaring that they look forward to engaging with her on skills and adult learning.
  • She was educated at Haywards Heath Grammar School in Sussex.
  • She was a Remain campaigner and a staunch ally of the Prime Minister during her short leadership campaign.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove

Former Education and Justice Secretary Michael Gove was sacked from the Government by incoming Prime Minister Theresa May in July 2016, but has made a shock comeback to the Cabinet just under a year later.

  • Upon being appointed, Mr Gove admitted his surprise, adding: "I genuinely didn’t expect this role”.
  • Mr Gove has described himself as a “shy green” - an advocate of environmentalism, but not vocally so.
  • As Education Secretary he unsuccessfully attempted to remove climate change from the Geography National Curriculum, but insisted this was intended to slim down a burdensome curriculum.
  • Mr Gove attributes his opposition to the EU Common Fisheries Policy to his childhood growing up in Scotland and learning from his father, who was a fish merchant.
  • He has argued that a degree of cross-party consensus has been reached on the water industry and that any attempts to re-nationalise it would be counterproductive. 

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Elizabeth Truss

Boasting experience as Environment and Justice Secretary, Liz Truss was first elected to Parliament in 2010.

  • Ms Truss expressed an interest in working for the Treasury back in 2010, telling ConservativeHome that her ideal Government position would be in the "Treasury or Cabinet Office". 
  • She is a former Economics Director at Cable & Wireless and Commercial Analyst for Shell.
  • As Environment Secretary, Ms Truss was reported to be very willing to impose cuts to her department, agreeing to annual spending reductions of 8% during her time in the post
  • She was the co-author of a book entitled Britannia Unchained: Global Lessons for Growth and Prosperity, which argued for radical economic reform, including a quicker reduction of the deficit and reforms to deregulate employment.
  • She backed a Remain vote in the 2016 referendum on the UK's membership of the EU.

Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price

Former Assistant Whip Jackie Doyle-Price has been appointed as Parliamentary Undersecretary of State at the Department of Health.

  • Originally elected in 2010, this will be her first ministerial position.
  • Ms Doyle-Price has successfully held on to her marginal Thurrock constituency with a narrow majority despite close competition from Labour and - in 2015 - UKIP.
  • She has previously taken a tough stance on GP shortages in her Thurrock constituency, declaring doctors were "not delivering enough".
  • In September 2014, she moved a backbench debate on hospital car parking charges, highlighting the work of the charity Bliss to highlight elevated levels of charging and calling for fees to be cut.
  • During the election campaign, she expresed opposition to a plan to combine A&E units in Basildon, Chelmsford and Southend, declaring that it would increase pressures on the former.

Cabinet Office Minister Damian Green

Formerly Work and Pensions Secretary, Damian Green is an old friend of Prime Minister Theresa May who now moves to the Cabinet Office, where he will be central to the Government's overall ability to implement its overall policy plans.

  • Mr Green's appointment is being interpreted as a sign of a “softer” approach to Brexit given his background of being a consistent pro-European
  • His predecessor Ben Gummer was seen as the Prime Minister’s “fixer” in the Cabinet Office.
  • During the EU Referendum campaign, Mr Green served as a Board Member of the Britain Stronger in Europe Campaign.
  • He voluntarily returned to the backbenches after serving in Michael Howard's Shadow Cabinet, declaring in July 2004 reshuffle that he wanted to make a broader case for "compassionate conservatism" than a front bench role would allow.
  • A former TV, radio and print journalist, in 2015 Mr Green was appointed Chair of the APPG on the BBC. He describes the BBC as "part of the fabric of this country, and a great source of pride". 

Brexit Minister Steve Baker

Wycombe's Conservative MP Steve Baker has been appointed as Parliamentary Undersecretary of State at the Department for Exiting the EU.
  • Mr Baker's junior role at DExEU will be his first time serving as a minister.
  • A libertarian by instinct, Mr Baker has advocated “free trade, peace and an international outlook", but added: "I don’t think the EU is the right route to these ideals”. 
  • He has used his role as the member of the Treasury Committee, on which he served from 2014-15, to publicly air his scepticism towards central banking, using evidence sessions to attack the impact of monetary policy tactics in artificially sustaining businesses that might otherwise collapse.
  • Having started his career as an engineer with the RAF, Mr Baker moved into computing, eventually running his own technical consultancy.
  • He has written extensively on his views about the UK’s future relationship with the EU post-Brexit, saying the UK should seek a “broad and deep” bilateral trade deal with the EU but could not remain in the EU’s internal market without unacceptable costs. He described membership of the EEA or Customs Union as a “fake EU exit” and called for a “clean break”. 

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