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Theresa May's chaotic Cabinet reshuffle: Brandon Lewis appointed Conservative Party chairman - latest news

Her first act was to replace the Tory party chairman Sir Patrick McLoughlin as punishment for having spearheaded a poor campaign in the general election in June past year when the number of Conservative MPs slipped from 331 to 318, thereby depriving the Prime Minister of an overall majority in the 650-seat House of Commons.

The post ended up going to 46-year old Brandon Lewis who was the first to arrive at Downing Street to meet May.

British Prime Minister Theresa May continued into Monday night reshaping her government team, keeping virtually all of her big-name ministers in place.

The big victor of the shake-up was former Justice Secretary David Lidington, who replaced Damian Green as Minister for the Cabinet Office, but was not awarded the title of First Secretary of State enjoyed by his predecessor.

Research from the Sutton Trust showed 34 per cent of the 29 ministers attending cabinet went to independent schools, compared with 30 per cent of her first cabinet past year.

She announced her departure shortly before 8pm, with the DwP leadership eventually going to Esther McVey.

Even before this week's reshuffle, May had no shortage of enemies on the benches behind her, starting with the Cameron-era ministers she sacked with brutal relish as soon as she entered Downing Street.

Mr Green - one of Mrs May's closest allies - was then fired from his position in December after making "misleading statements" to the press about pornography found on his office computer in 2008.

The prime minister will confirm a number of changes to her Cabinet today and tomorrow, with the most high-profile changes set to be announced before lunchtime today.

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And in an embarrassing twist to a reshuffle beset with social media mistakes, Mr Hunt, who was kept on as Health Secretary with an extended social care role, was forced to explain why he had "liked" a tweet stating Ms Greening had left the Government.

It follows the resignation of James Brokenshire on health grounds. The Northern Ireland secretary, James Brokenshire, has resigned because he needs surgery for a lesion on his right lung.

According to The Sun's Tom Newton Dunn, Hunt was supposed to move to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy brief, but refused. Their task is to liaise with MPs in the House of Commons.

Sir Patrick McLoughlin resigns as Conservative Party chairman.

"I am looking forward to working with Brandon Lewis and James Cleverly to continue to grow and build our party as a campaigning force".

In further appointments, Jo Johnson MP, brother to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, has been made Transport Minister and Minister for London.

Tony Blair and Gordon Brown both had 32 per cent of their senior ministerial team privately educated, while 25 per cent of Clement Attlee's post World War Two first cabinet went to private schools.

It had been billed as a day in which Theresa May would settle some grievances, and more than a few ministers would end up licking their wounds.

And a backlash grew after Lewes MP Maria Caulfield was appointed the party's vice-chair for women - despite having led opposition to the decriminalisation of abortion.

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