Political role for Boris Johnson as Cameron names new UK government

Political role for Boris Johnson as Cameron names new UK government
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The colourful Mayor of London will attend "political cabinet meetings" while he sees out the final year of his present job.


David Cameron has been completing his new government line-up, following last week’s UK general election victory.

Several women have been promoted. It was announced at the weekend that the top jobs would see no change.

London Mayor Boris Johnson will not be a minister but is expected to play a major role, attending “political” cabinet meetings.

The man who is widely tipped to be Cameron’s possible successor still has a year left to run in his current job.

Boris Johnson will be attending my Political Cabinet. As promised, he will devote his attention to his final year as Mayor of London.

— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) May 11, 2015

A number of posts were previously held by defeated Liberal Democrats in the former coalition.

Amber Rudd is promoted to Energy and Climate Change Minister.

Sajid Javid becomes replaces the Lib Dem Vince Cable as Business Secretary, moving from the culture department.

Other appointments also announced on Monday were Robert Halfon as Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party, John Whittingdale as the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and Priti Patel as Minister of State for Employment at the Department for Work and Pensions.

The prime minister appeared at Westminster with the Conservatives’ newly-elected MPs.

Fantastic to get all of our new MPs together for the first time since the election. pic.twitter.com/29mBjufE4B

— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) May 11, 2015

Cameron told a meeting of his backbench MPs that the new government’s task was to extend the economic recovery and renew a sense of fairness in society.

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