Major reshuffle sees former Portsmouth minister Michael Fallon become defence secretary

Michael Fallon. Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Michael Fallon. Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
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THERE has been mixed feeling in Westminster and beyond about what has been called the prime minister’s ‘biggest shake-up’ since he took power in 2010.

Many of those sat around the next cabinet table meeting will be new to their positions, including former minister for Portsmouth, Michael Fallon.

Some of the most radical changes announced include William Hague’s move from foreign secretary to leader of the commons.

Philip Hammond, former defence secretary, has taken his place.

Defending the prime minister’s wide-ranging reshuffle, Mr Hague said there was a ‘balance to strike between experience on the one hand and the need for renewal on the other’.

Former defence secretary Liam Fox turned down the offer of a return to government as a Foreign Office minister.

Dr Fox said: ‘I was honoured to be offered a post. I have turned it down.’

The cabinet reshuffle has also seen Bognor MP Nick Gibb return to a key role in government looking after schools.

Mr Gibb was previously minister of state for schools in the Department for Education from May 2010 until September 2012.