May puts friend Damian Green in key cabinet post

Treasury chief secretary David Gauke moves in to take Green's place, while the leader of the House of Commons, David Lidington, becomes justice secretary.

Downing Street suggested that Gove's appointment was a "bold move", underlining erstwhile rivals, as she rebuilds her authority in the wake of last week's general election result.

Welshman Damian Green, former Work and Pensions Secretary, was Theresa May's contemporary at Oxford where he was president of the Oxford Union and, says Sky News' Beth Rigby, is her biggest friend in the Government. Michael Gove, the former Education and Justice Secretary, has been appointed by May as the Environment Secretary. The Conservatives failed to gain simple majority, and have staked claim to government formation with the support of a smaller party.

In the messages obtained by ITV, Mr Johnson is said to have written: "Folks we need to calm down and get behind the Prime Minister".

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Education Secretary Justine Greening andInternational Trade Minister Liam Fox, and Business Secretary Greg Clarke were all told they were remaining in their posts.

But Johnson reportedly urged Conservative Party lawmakers in a group text message to give May their full support in a group text message, ITV reported on Sunday.

Damien Green has been appointed First Secretary of State as Theresa May reshuffles her Cabinet. I genuinely didn't expect this role.

Aside from Gove's appointment it appears unlikely that there will be further upheaval at the Department for the Environment, with Resources Minister Therese Coffey now in Italy for a G7 meeting on the Paris Agreement and George Eustice set to retain his role as Parliamentary Under Secretary of state for Farming, Food and the Marine Environment.

Former education and justice secretary Mr Gove had been moved to the backbenches in Mrs May's first reshuffle after his betrayal of Boris Johnson in the Tory leadership race previous year. Elected as MP for South Northamptonshire in 2010, she previously worked in the financial sector.

The piece said that the then energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey had secured a major victory by preventing Mr Gove from removing it.

Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid, International Development Secretary Priti Patel and Welsh Secretary of State Alun Cairns also kept their jobs.

"That's why it's always in the curriculum that we've been drawing up, and I think it's critically important - both in science and in geography - that the impact of changing climate on our physical environment, but also on economic and other facts in our lives, has to be appreciated", he said.

  • Zachary Reyes