General election: Top Cabinet members confirmed by May despite Conservative setbacks

Further appointments expected through weekend and next week


By Richard Johnstone

09 Jun 2017

Prime minister Theresa May has confirmed that her five most senior cabinet ministers will remain in place as she forms a minority government following the general election.

Downing Street said chancellor Philip Hammond, home secretary Amber Rudd, foreign secretary Boris Johnson, Brexit secretary David Davis and defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon would stay in post.

Following an unexpected swing to Labour in the election results, the Conservatives lost their overall majority but remain the biggest party with 318 out of 650 seats, down 12. Labour won 261 seats, up 29, while the Scottish National Party remain the third biggest party in the House of Commons with 35 seats, but down 21.

The Liberal Democrats won 12 seats, an increase of four, with former ministers Sir Vince Cable and Sir Edward Davey returning to the Commons, but former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg lost his Sheffield Hallam seat.

Prime minister Theresa May is now expected to form a government through an arrangement with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionists, who have 10 MPs and have entered talks with the Conservatives about an arrangement to support the government.

No further appointments will be made to government today, with more appointments expected over the weekend. In total, 10 ministers lost their seats and will need to be replaced, including Cabinet Office minister Ben Gummer.

Other Conservative ministers who lost their seats include financial secretary to the Treasury Jane Ellison and economic secretary to the Treasury Simon Kirby. Housing and planning minister Gavin Barwell also lost his Croydon Central seat.

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