Leave campaigners among junior ministerial appointments as Remainers resign

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16th July 2016

Theresa May has begun appointing Conservative MPs to junior ministerial roles in her cabinet.

Prominent Leave campaigner Penny Mourdant has become a minister in the Department for Work and Pensions.

Mike Penning, a close ally of the Prime Minister, has been promoted to the Ministry of Defence.

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Anna Soubry, who campaigned for Remain, has stepped down from her role as a business minister.

Ms Soubry tweeted that she had handed in resignation on Friday.

Baroness Altmann, a work and pensions minister, has also left the Government.

In her resignation letter to Mrs May, Baroness Altmann said that her efforts to improve pensions policy over the past year had been thwarted by "short-term political considerations".

She called for more help for women forced to work longer by the government's decision to raise their retirement age.

"I am not convinced the government adequately addressed the hardship facing women who have had their state pension age increased at relatively short notice," she said.

And she said that to tackle the "crisis" in social care funding, the government should develop a "one nation" lifetime pension.

Culture minister Ed Vaizey has also left government but promised to support Mrs May’s administration from the backbenches.

Another member of the Johnson family has also made the cut. Jo Johnson, Boris’ younger brother, has been made joint Minister of State at the Department for Education and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, leading on universities and science.

Brandon Lewis has been made minister for policing and the fire service, while Matt Hancock is now in charge of digital policy at DCMS.

Jane Ellison has been given the role of financial secretary to the Treasury and Greg Hands has joined the Department for International Trade as minister for state.

Damian Hinds is the minister of state for the Department of Work and Pensions and Robert Goodwill joins the Home Office as immigration minister.