In the latest cabinet reshuffle speculation, I see it’s being touted that Baroness Warsi may be moved from Chairman of the Conservative Party into the International Development role.
And it’s inspired me to keep track of who is being touted for which post in the cabinet.
So going forward I will publish this occasional list of names I have seen in frames in the mainstream press and TV (and on the more credible blogs) for cabinet jobs. I have gone back to March. If I have heard the current incumbent is safe I will also add their name, together with all the names of folk I have heard may replace them. If I have heard nothing about the role – I will leave it blank. I am excluding naked guesswork (such as my own earlier effort)
No doubt the list of names will steadily grow over coming months… and do feel free to alert me to any speculation I miss.
Chancellor of the Exchequer
House of Lords
Minister without Portfolio (Chair of Tory Party)
Work & Pensions
Iain Duncan Smith
And while we’re at it – more speculation. People I have seen tipped to be leave (there’s a major surprise in there but I have read it so feel I must be comprehensive) or be promoted to the cabinet.
Tipped to leave
Vince Cable (that’s the surprise)
Tipped to be Promoted
I’ll update these lists from time to time…
And some observations:
No one really knows anything
Some posts are under particular scrutiny - Chancellor, Tory Chairman, Health
Some names come up over and over again (both in , out or moved) – Warsi, Clarke, Hunt, Lansley
There are a lot of potential Tory women on the promotions list
Lib Dem movement, or at least speculation about it, is more widespread than you think – Laws, Swinson, Carmichael. Even Vince – where he is often seen as potentially stepping down for a leadership bid (the first reference of this I found came, not last Sunday, but last month).