Cabinet reshuffle: For all the talk of change, the data says it's pretty much as you were

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Nicky Morgan has replaced Michael Gove as education secretary (Source: Getty)

For all the talk of winds of change as a result of the cabinet reshuffle, of younger ministers and fresher faces, of more women in higher positions, the data says there has been little change at the head of the top table.

While big names such as Michael Gove and Owen Paterson have made way and Liz Truss and Nicky Morgan have been brought in, many demographics among ministers with portfolio remain almost unchanged.

Younger faces?

Not really. The baby of the group is no longer Danny Alexander, 42, but Liz Truss, environment secretary, who is 38.

Truss, Stephen Crabb, 41, the new Wales secretary, and Nicky Morgan, 41, the education secretary and women's minister, are all younger than Alexander.

Yet David Jones, 62, (Wales secretary) went out and in came Michael Fallon, 62, (defence) and so the average for the group remains pretty much unchanged at 50.4: down about 1.6 years from 52.

Fresher faces?

Again not so much; although Truss and Morgan have been MPs only since 2010 (four years) Fallon has been grazing these pastures for 31 years and Crabb has been working as an MP for nine years - the same amount of time as Nick Clegg.

The new faces are undoubtedly fresher - but they are few and the average time a minister with portfolio has been an MP is down by only 0.06 per cent to 14.27 years.

More women?

'I am Cameron, hear me roar' blogs the Telegraph as Cameron moves more women into the cabinet.

Cameron has made it his aim to have women making up a third of cabinet attendees and Truss and Morgan's appointments have arguably started that process off.

But there is still some way to go before that mark is reached; the female proportion of the cabinet has merely nudged up from three out of 21 before to five out of 22 ministers with portfolio now.

It's better if you you count Baroness Stowell's replacement of Lord Hill as the new leader of the House of Lords, but Cameron clearly still has work to do to forge a more balanced executive.

The full list of changes made today can be found here.

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