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David Cameron’s reshuffle as it happened

This was a live blog from 4 September 2012. The latest entries at the top and you can scroll down to read the event as it happened.

20:00: That’s all folks – it’s time to close up the blog. Downing Street have released their final list of ministerial appointments today. We hope you have enjoyed our live coverage of David Cameron’s first cabinet reshuffle and do come back to Coffee House for the latest developments from Westminster. Good night!

1938: Looks like Cheryl Gillan’s ex-PPS Glyn Davies is pleased to free from his shackles:

1915: More junior roles are being announced. No.10 has just tweeted that Stephen Hammond is leaving the DCLG to become Parliamentary Under Secretary at Transport while Jeremy Wright is heading to Justice and Philip Dunne to Defence.

1835: Fraser is pleased to see Sajid Javid joining George Osborne’s team at the Treasury:

Sajid Javid’s promotion to the Treasury is, for me, the single most encouraging appointment of the reshuffle. It will add zest and heft to a department in need of both. Born to a Lancashire bus driver, he became a vice-president of Chase Manhattan by the age of 25: his story is very much the British dream. He understands business completely, having most recently worked in Singapore for Deutsche Bank before his 2010 election. He needs no tuition in  how countries need to compete for people nowadays, nor the damage done by the 52p tax (or the almost-as-bad 47p tax that Osborne is planning). There is an obvious problem when economic policy is written by people who had never hired or fired, which is what drew Osborne to seek advice from Javid. He was previously working for the Chancellor as a parliamentary aide, but there was only so much he could do in that role without any support.

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