Prime Minister Theresa May launches a reshuffle with a promotion for long-time ally and a return for Michael Gove

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Prime Minister Theresa May has boosted the roles of three prominent Remain campaigners as she seeks to re-shape her cabinet in the aftermath of the General Election, potentially raising the prospects of a new approach to Brexit.

May is set for a showdown meeting with her MPs tomorrow afternoon, and prepared for the clash with her first reshuffle since coming to power.

In the most dramatic change, the Prime Minister brought Brexiteer Michael Gove back into the fold, offering the Brexiteer one of the smaller spots at the cabinet table as environment secretary.

By contrast, work and pensions secretary Damian Green was handed a substantial new role as first secretary of state.

Although the role has no formal responsibilities, it conveys seniority and makes Green, a long-time ally who served in the Home Office under May and attended university with the Prime Minister, the UK's de-facto deputy prime minister.

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Treasury minister David Gauke will replace Green, and May also promoted former Europe minister and leader of the House of Commons David Lidington to justice secretary.

All three backed a Remain vote during last Summer's Brexit campaign, and the appointments come after the Prime Minister also moved rapidly to bring in a new chief of staff.

Another pro-Europe voice, former immigration and housing minister Gavin Barwell, was installed this weekend following the departures of May's aides Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill.

Highly regarded within Tory ranks, Barwell lost his seat at the election, but was returned to government with a powerful new role at the very heart of Downing Street.

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However, the reshuffle also showed the limits of May's power, with the Prime Minister confirming the roles of many existing cabinet members despite speculation that some, like communities secretary Sajid Javid, would be dismissed.

May will meet with her backbenchers later tomorrow as she bids to retain her grip on power with reports of a potential leadership challenge continuing.

After initially striking a defiant tone in a Downing Street statement after the election, the Prime Minister moved to build bridges with party colleagues this weekend, publicly expressing regret over Tory losses.

Theresa May's Reshuffle in full


Damian Green - Work and pensions secretary to first secretary of state

David Gauke - Chief secretary to the Treasury to work and pensions secretary

David Lidington - Leader of the House of Commons to justice secretary

Michael Gove - Backbencher to environment secretary

Brandon Lewis - Home office minister will now attend cabinet


Liz Truss - Justice secretary to chief secretary to the Treasury

Andrea Leadsom - Environment secretary to leader of the house


Phillip Hammond - Chancellor

Amber Rudd - Home secretary

Boris Johnson - Foreign secretary

Michael Fallon - Defence secretary

David Davis - Brexit secretary

Greg Clark - Business, energy and industrial strategy secretary

Sajid Javid - Communities secretary

Chris Grayling - Transport secretary

Jeremy Hunt - Health secretary

Priti Patel - International development secretary

Justine Greening - Education secretary and minister for women and equalities

Karen Bradley - Culture secretary

James Brokenshire - Northern Ireland secretary

Jeremy Wright - Attorney general

Baroness Evans- Leader of the House of Lords

Patrick McLoughlin - Conservative party chairman

Gavin Williamson - Chief whip

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