Last edited 18 Jul 2014

Ministerial appointments July 2014

On 15 July 2014, a major government reshuffle took place, and the Prime Minister announced a significant number of new ministerial appointments.

Key appointments that might affect the construction industry included:

  • Matthew Hancock was appointed as Minister of State at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Minister of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change and Minister of State for Portsmouth, with responsibility for energy and construction, replacing Michael Fallon.
  • Brandon Lewis was promoted to Minister of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government, with responsibility for planning and housing.
  • John Hayes was appointed as Minister of State at the Department for Transport.
  • Amber Rudd was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change, with responsibility for the Green Deal.
  • Penny Mordaunt was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government.
  • Nicky Morgan was appointed as Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities.
  • Liz Truss was appointed as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
  • Greg Clark was appointed as Minister for Universities and Science in addition to his role as Minister of State.

Other appointments included:

  • William Hague was appointed as First Secretary of State, and Leader of the Commons.
  • Philip Hammond was appointed as Foreign Secretary.
  • Michael Gove was appointed as Commons Chief Whip.
  • Michael Fallon was appointed as Defence Secretary.
  • Esther McVey began attending Cabinet in her role as Minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions.
  • Stephen Crabb was appointed as Secretary of State for Wales.
  • Baroness Stowell was appointed as Leader of the House of Lords and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.
  • Jeremy Wright was appointed as Attorney General.
  • Mike Penning was appointed as Minister of State at the Home Office and Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice.
  • Nick Boles was appointed as Minister of State jointly for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Education.
  • Mark Harper was appointed as Minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions.
  • David Gauke was appointed as Financial Secretary to the Treasury.
  • Anna Soubry was promoted to Minister of State at Ministry of Defence.
  • Oliver Letwin continued as Minister for Government Policy at Cabinet Office and became Lord Privy Seal.
  • Claire Perry was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport.
  • Priti Patel was appointed as Exchequer Secretary at the Treasury.
  • Nick Gibb returned to government as Minister of State at the Department for Education.
  • Robert Buckland was appointed as Solicitor General.
  • Desmond Swayne was appointed as Minister of State at the Department for International Development.
  • Julian Brazier was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Ministry of Defence.
  • George Freeman was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department of Health.
  • Andrew Murrison was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Northern Ireland Office.
  • Ed Vaizey was promoted to Minister of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, with responsibility for digital industries.
  • Brooks Newmark was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary at Cabinet Office.
  • Alun Cairns was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Wales Office and Government Whip.
  • Mel Stride, Therese Coffey, Ben Wallace and Damian Hinds were appointed as Assistant Government Whips.
  • Sam Gyimah was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education.
  • Jo Johnson was promoted to Minister of State at Cabinet Office and remained head of the Downing Street Policy Unit.
  • Tobias Ellwood was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign Office.
  • Andrew Selous was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice.
  • Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon was promoted to Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government.
  • Lord Ashton of Hyde joined government as a whip in the House of Lords.
  • Anne Milton was promoted to Government Whip, Vice Chamberlain of HM Household.
  • Baroness Neville-Rolfe was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

This article contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v2.0 ref Prime Minister's Office, Ministerial appointments: July 2014, 15 July 2014.