Prime minister David Cameron has appointed new Cabinet ministers for the departments for Energy and Climate Change and Business, Innovation and Skills but his appointments for the roles of transport secretary and environment secretary in the previous government have remained unchanged.
Amber Rudd becomes secretary of state for Energy and Climate Change. The post was previously held by Liberal Democrat Ed Davey. She’ll be joined in the department by Andrea Leadsom, who becomes minister of state at the Department for Energy and Climate Change.
Sajid Javid is the new secretary of state for Business, Innovation and Skills. He replaces Liberal Democrat Vince Cable, who was defeated in his Twickenham constituency. He’ll be joined at the department by Jo Johnson, who becomes a minister of state with responsibilities for universities and science. Anna Soubry also becomes a minister of state, with responsibility for small businesses.
Over at Transport, Patrick McLoughlin will continue as secretary of state. He’s been doing the job since he took it over from Justine Greening three years ago. Andrew Jones becomes parliamentary under secretary of state at the department.
Liz Truss continues as secretary of state for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, a post she held during the last year of the coalition. Also joining the department are George Eustice, who becomes minister of state and Rory Stewart, who becomes parliamentary under secretary of state.
And if you remember Cameron’s speech about creating a Northern powerhouse, well the responsibility for that goes to James Wharton, who becomes parliamentary under secretary of state at the Department for Communities and Local Government with responsibility for the Northern Powerhouse.
The Conservative majority has provided a boost for civils firms that were concerned about the effects of a forecast hung Parliament. .