WOMEN MPs were promoted by David Cameron today as the Prime Minister completed the make up of his Cabinet.
Amber Rudd was made Energy Secretary, replacing Ed Davey who was among the 49 Liberal Democrat MPs to lose their seats last week.
Priti Patel was made Employment Minister in a role that sees her attend Cabinet meetings. Conservative Esther McVey occupied a similar position in the last Government but lost her Wirral West seat on Thursday.
Anna Soubry will also be at Cabinet meetings in her new job as Small Business Minister.
Tina Stowell will remain as Leader of the Lords and now be a full member of the Cabinet. The Prime Minister was criticised after his last reshuffle for downgrading the Leader of the Lords role meaning she was paid significantly less than her male predecesor.
Former Bradford Council leader Eric Pickles has lost his Cabinet post as Communities Secretary which goes to Greg Clark.
Greg Hands, a close ally of George Osborne, was handed the key post of Chief Secretary to the Treasury, replacing defeated Lib Dem Danny Alexander, and Oliver Letwin will take charge at the Cabinet Office.
In other appointments, John Whittingdale was made Culture Secretary following Mr Cameron’s decision to move Sajid Javid to head up the Business, Innovation and Skills Department previously led by another fallen Lib Dem, Vince Cable.
Mr Whittingdale last year described the BBC licence fee as “worse than a poll tax” and said it was “unsustainable” in the long run and needed tweaking immediately.
Boris Johnson, who is returning to the Commons as the MP for Uxbridge, triggered speculation when he was seen walking up Downing Street but while he will be attending Political Cabinet meetings he will not have a formal government role as he sees out his term as London Mayor.
Robert Halfon, who has earned a reputation as a fearsome campaigner, has been rewarded with the job of deputy party chairman while David Mundell, the Conservatives’ only MP in Scotland was made Scottish Secretary.
The Prime Minister had already confirmed Nicky Morgan will remain as Education Secretary and Michael Gove will be Justice Secretary with Chris Grayling to be Leader of the Commons.
Iain Duncan Smith remains Work and Pensions Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin will continue as Transport Secretary and Leeds-raised Liz Truss has been reappointed as Environment Secretary.
Rotherham-born Justine Greening stays at the Department for International Development and it has been confirmed Jeremy Hunt will continue as Health Secretary. Theresa Villiers stays at the Northern Ireland Office.
George Osborne, Theresa May, Philip Hammond and Michael Fallon are staying at the Treasury, Home Office, Foreign Office and Ministry of Defence respectively.
Meanwhile, acting Labour leader Harriet Harman announced her Shadow Cabinet today which included Leeds Central MP Hilary Benn becoming Shadow Foreign Secretary after previous incumbent Douglas Alexander lost his seat.
Former Shipley MP Chris Leslie was made Shadow Chancellor following Ed Balls losing is Morley and Outwood seat on Thursday.
Yorkshire MPs Yvette Cooper, Jon Trickett, Mary Creagh, Michael Dugher, Rachel Reeves, Caroline Flint and Rosie Winterton retained their Shadow Cabinet roles.
YOUR AT-A-GLANCE GUIDE TO THE CABINET
David Cameron (Prime Minister),
George Osborne (Chancellor of the Exchequer and First Secretary of State),
Philip Hammond (Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs),
Theresa May (Home Secretary)
Michael Fallon (Secretary of State for Defence),
Michael Gove (Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor),
Mark Harper (Chief Whip),
Nicky Morgan (Secretary of State for Education),
Iain Duncan Smith (Secretary of State for Work and Pensions),
Chris Grayling (Leader of the House of Commons)
Sajid Javid (Secretary of State for Business),
Amber Rudd (Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change),
Priti Patel(Minister of State for Employment),
Boris Johnson (Minister without Portfolio),
Tina Stowell (Leader of the House of Lords),
Robert Halfon (Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party)
Leader of the Opposition and Acting Leader of the Labour Party Harriet Harman MP
Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Chris Leslie MP
Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn MP
Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper MP
Shadow Lord Chancellor, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice Lord Falconer of Thoroton
Opposition Chief Whip Rosie Winterton MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Health Andy Burnham MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Chuka Umunna MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Rachel Reeves MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Education Tristram Hunt MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Defence Vernon Coaker MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Emma Reynolds MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Caroline Flint MP
Shadow Leader of the House of Commons and Chair of the National Policy Forum Angela Eagle MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Transport Michael Dugher MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Ivan Lewis MP
Shadow Secretary of State for International Development Mary Creagh MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland Ian Murray MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Wales Owen Smith MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Maria Eagle MP
Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office Lucy Powell MP
Shadow Minister without Portfolio and Deputy Party Chair Jon Trickett MP
Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities Gloria De Piero MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Chris Bryant MP
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Shabana Mahmood MP
Shadow Leader of the House of Lords Baroness Royall of Blaisdon
Lords Chief Whip Lord Bassam of Brighton
Also attending Shadow Cabinet:
Shadow Minister for Care and Older People Liz Kendall MP Shadow Attorney General Lord Bach