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As Prime Minister David Cameron unveils his first all-Tory Cabinet after securing an outright majority at the polls on May 7, former Education Secretary Michael Gove is taking over as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice while the Home Office has a familiar face in charge with the reappointment of Theresa May as Home Secretary.

Mr Gove succeeds Chris Grayling, who is the new Leader of the House of Commons and was a key driver in plans to privatise the probation service. He will have oversight of all Ministry of Justice business and is responsible for making improvements to the criminal justice and prison system.

Other appointments at the Ministry of Justice are: Lord Edward Faulks QC, Minister of State for Civil Justice and Legal Policy; Caroline Dinenage, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State; Dominic Raab, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State; Shailesh Vara, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Minister for the Courts and Legal Aid; and Andrew Selous, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Minister for Prisons, Probation and Rehabilitation. 

Mr Selous retains the position he was appointed to in July 2014 with responsibilities which include transforming rehabilitation, prisons, probation and youth justice. 

Having shared some posts with Liberal-Democrat coalition partners under the previous administration, the Home Office posts are now all filled with Conservatives.
Member of Parliament for Maidenhead since 1997, Mrs May spent the full term of the last coalition government at the department. 

On her reappointment, she said: “We’ve achieved a lot over the last 5 years at the Home Office – all the police reform that has been done, Police and Crime Commissioners, setting up the College of Policing, the National Crime Agency, the work that has been done on modern slavery, for example, and of course on immigration. But there is more to do and I’m keen to get on and do it.” 

John Hayes, previously a transport minister, is appointed Minister of State (Minister for Security); Mike Penning becomes Minister of State for Policing, Criminal Justice and Victims (a role also covering the Ministry of Justice); James Brokenshire is the Minister for Security and Immigration; Karen Bates is Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Modern Slavery and Organised Crime); and Lord Bates the Parliamentary Under Secretary for Criminal Information. 

Jeremy Wright QC – a former Minister of Prisons, Probation and rehabilitation - remains as Attorney General and Robert Buckland QC stays as Solicitor General. Both were initially appointed in July 2014.

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