Clarke given economy role

4 September 2012 Ex-Chancellor given Minister without Portfolio job; Lansley out of health; Greening and Spelman also moved

Clarke, who was Chancellor in the last Conservative government from 1993-97, has been moved from his position as Justice Secretary to become Minister without Portfolio.

It is understood Clarke will be given a “roving economic brief” in his new role, as the government seeks to beef up its economic team and support beleaguered Chancellor George Osborne. Right-winger Chris Grayling becomes Justice Secretary.

Meanwhile, Andrew Lansley has been moved out of the Department of Health, having driven through a raft of controversial reforms since his appointment in 2010.

He has become Leader of the House, and will be replaced at the health department by Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Cameron has also made changes at the Department for Transport, with Justine Greening becoming International Development Secretary, being replaced by former chief whip, Patrick McLoughlin.

Meanwhile, Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman has also been removed, to be replaced by former Northern Ireland Secretary Owen Paterson.

The prime minister has also made a series of changes to mid-level and junior ministers, with former Chief Secretary to the Treasury David Laws tipped for a return to government.

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