LONDON — Andrew Lansley has been replaced as Health Secretary by Jeremy Hunt as part of an extensive government reshuffle.
The move is a promotion for Hunt, who has been under pressure for his handling of the BSkyB takeover bid.
In other changes, Ken Clarke has been replaced as Justice Secretary by Chris Grayling while Transport Justine Greening is another minister moved.
Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman and Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan are among those leaving.
Among notable promotions, Maria Miller and Theresa Villiers join the Cabinet as Culture Secretary and Northern Ireland Secretary respectively and Housing Minister Grant Shapps becomes Tory Party chairman.
Greening – a strong opponent of a new runway at Heathrow – has been replaced by former Conservative Chief Whip Patrick McLoughlin after less than a year as transport secretary and will take over the lower profile job at international development.
Tuesday’s cabinet meeting was cancelled to allow the prime minister to deal with the reshuffle – the first major restructuring since the Conservative-Lib Dem government came to power in 2010.
The changes have not affected key figures such as Chancellor George Osborne, Home Secretary Theresa May or Foreign Secretary William Hague.
Education Secretary Michael Gove and Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith will stay in their jobs, with Downing Street saying it wanted these “strong reformers” to continue their work. (BBC)