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Big majority for Boris but small government changes

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  ON Friday morning  the results of the general election were announced in which the Conservative Party achieved 365 seats – the largest majority for the party since 1987.

With this increase in the number of Conservative MP’s compared to the last general election in 2017,  here are some of the key changes and events from this cabinet reshuffle.

Secretary of State for Wales

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Simon Hart is the new Secretary of State for Wales , the MP who has represented   Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire since 2010. Hart succeeded Alun Cairns, who had been in the role since 2016, but  resigned from the cabinet position at the start of the general election campaign.

Secretary of State for Department of Media, Culture and Sport

Newly appointed Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Nicky Morgan, is seen outside Downing Street in London
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Baroness Morgan, who was the MP for Loughbourough from 2010 until 2019, will remain as Secretary of State for Department of Media, Culture and Sport, although will do so as a Conservative Peer in the House of Lords, after deciding not to stand as a candidate in this general election.  Baroness Morgan is no stranger to the cabinet, having previously served as Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities between 2014 and 2016.

There were also some changes in the junior ministerial roles.

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   David TC Davies, the MP for Moumouth who was first elected in 2005, takes up two new positions in government – as Parliamentary Under Secretary for Wales and an assistant government whip.


Anne-Marie Trevelyan, MP for Berwick upon Tweed since 2015, is now a Defence Minister. Trevelyan previously resigned from being a Parliamentary Private Secretary in 2018 over the Withdrawal Agreement that then-Prime Minister Theresa May had negotiated with the EU. Trevelyan said the agreement “posed a real threat to the stability and integrity of the union.”

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