Cameron’s new cabinet already criticised - but who will be out and who will be in?

The prime minister is expected to reshuffle his cabinet today, and is tipped to be getting rid of the grey-haired men and bringing in younger women in a bid to win votes, critics are saying.

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has said promoting women will look like a “last-minute worry about votes” while Home Office minister James Brokenshire said the government’s 49 out of 305 female MPs was “very-well balanced”.

So who is going to be out, and who will be in? We look at the evidence.

Who could be out?

Ken Clarke

Ken Clarke

Rumour has it the minister without portfolio expects to go, apparently telling a House of Commons dinner about his plans “for the fortnight in which I am likely to remain in government”.

Ian Duncan Smith

Iain Duncan Smith funny

IDS is expected to leave his post in the Department of Work and Pensions and could be moved to defence, replacing Philip Hammond. Last week a woman overheard a civil servant talking on the train, suggesting Duncan Smith was “happy to go”. However, IDS’s people have denied it.

Sarah Quinney

Sir George Young

The chief whip, who is 73 this week, was brought out of retirement to replace Andrew Mitchell after the Plebgate affair. He’s expected to leave the cabinet, openly noting it would be the fourth time he’s been sacked during his career.

Who could be in?

Esther McVey

Esther McVey in front of flag

The former GMTV presenter has risen fast after her 2010 election success, becoming employment minister in 2013 and now tipped to replace Ken Clarke. She could also take a media role, given her background, some have suggested.

Nicky Morgan

The financial secretary to the Treasury could be moved to a more prominent role. She’s currently women’s minister , so while not a member of the cabinet, does attend when women’s issues are discussed.

Priti Patel

Patel, who was elected in 2010 to the Tory safe seat of Witham in Essex, could be set for a promotion. The popular, plain-speaking MP is known for taking a tough stance on crime.

Andrea Leadsom

Andrea Leadsom

The Exchequer secretary to the treasury could also be given a full time post. However, the MP faced controversy this week after receiving a £70,000 donation from a family business that was based in the Virgin Islands – a tax haven. While technically not against the rules, Leadsom was criticised as it contrasts with the Treasury’s aim of cracking down on tax avoidance.

Harriett Baldwin

Maria Miller, ousted after the expenses scandal, tipped Baldwin as a potential cabinet member. The former banker has previously defended Westminster from accusations of sexism saying it was “a lot more civilised than some other work environments”. She’s been assistant government whip since February.

Who do you think should be in? …Or out?

Let us know in the comments below.

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Readers' comments (2)

  • They are all a bunch of self-serving hypocrites, and since the conspiracy between the three mainstream parties to deny any of those our politicians like to pretend to represent a voice on something as impactful and damaging as the EU experiment, demonstrates their real lack of interest in the hapless electorate...why should we show any interest in them? It's all a bit akin to shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic isn't it?

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  • Great comment, thanks Will. I think we're a few decades away from a revolution yet though

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