By admin, 8 January, 2018

Justine Greening (left leaving her department tonight) has dramatically resigned from Government after Theresa May (inset) tried to move her from Education Secretary in a botched reshuffle. Ms Greening was offered the Work and Pensions brief but turned it down. Government sources confirmed Ms Greening's departure, adding Mrs May was 'disappointed' but 'respects the decision'. Ms Greening was in Downing Street for more than two hours as she fought to save her job. She is a strong Remain supporter and could now join a group of rebels on the Tory backbenches. The dramatic development came at the end of a day in which Jeremy Hunt derailed Mrs May's reshuffle by refusing to be moved from the Department of Health. After more than an hour with the Prime Minister, Mr Hunt declined to become Business Secretary and instead left Downing Street with a bigger portfolio that includes all social care policy. Other changes today have seen (clockwise from top left) Patrick McLoughlin leave Government, James Brokenshire resign on health grounds, David Lidinton move to the Cabinet Office, Matt Hancock made Culture Secretary, Karen Bradely made Northern Ireland Secretary and Brandon Lewis made party chairman.


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