The real winners of the reshuffle have been the 2010 intake of Tory MPs. Several star names — including Nick Boles, Matt Hancock and Sajid Javid — have been moved up to junior ministerial posts today. While David Cameron was criticised for removing several females as Secretaries of State, he has attempted to make up for this by appointing four female hopefuls as under secretaries.
All of these recruits are members of 2010 intake and look to be interesting members of the reshuffled government. Ladbrokes have gathered the odds for each minister’s chances as future Conservative leader, so here are the four female stars of Cameron’s reshuffle:
Liz Truss – 50/1
Education Minister responsible for early years education
Chairman of the Free Enterprise Group of MPs and the member for South West Norfolk. Similar to the other female appointees, Truss does not come from a traditional Tory background. She was once a member of the CND, a leading Liberal Democrat at university and her father refused to campaign for her in 2010 because of the clash between their politics. But Truss has made considerable waves as a Conservative in her two years in Parliament, leading the New Statesman to dub her Iron Lady 2.0. She is the co-author of ‘Britannia Unchained’, a book coming out next week that looks at how Britain can learn from other nations to prosper. She also co-wrote ‘After the Coalition’ last autumn, which explores how to make Britain fit for purpose. You can hear more of this MP and her priorities in this episode of our View from 22 podcast.
Truss has recently published research on affordable childcare and will no doubt push her agenda in government. Sadly, she will have to resign her chairmanship of the Free Enterprise Group in order to take up her new role.