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Theresa May's Cabinet reshuffle has left her with a higher proportion of Oxbridge and privately educated top ministers than when she first became prime minister, analysis shows.

The education secretary is believed by insiders to have annoyed the prime minister with her "patronising tone", according to The Sunday Times.

After Greening dramatically quit the frontbench in a move that Downing Street described as "disappointing", Damian Hinds found himself catapulted into the post of education secretary.

And Jeremy Hunt reportedly dug his heels in to keep his job as health secretary after turning down the role of Business Secretary.

Karen Bradley has been appointed as the new Northern Secretary.

The reshuffle - the biggest of Mrs May's tenure - was prompted by the resignation of Damian Green after he admitted lying over pornography on his office computer.

Although the reshuffle will continue into Tuesday (9 January), no new female or minority ministers have been brought into Cabinet, not one minister has been sacked and no senior minister has changed jobs.

Sacked Education Secretary Justine Greening (ringed right) immediately joined the group of Tory remain rebels today during the first PMQs since the reshuffle.

'Makes one wonder who's in charge.' Ms Greening appeared to confirm the reports that she had refused a move by saying: 'Social mobility matters to me and our country more than my ministerial career.

It had been billed as a day in which Theresa May would settle some grievances, and more than a few ministers would end up licking their wounds.


However, things got off to an inauspicious start when Conservatives tweeted the appointment of Transport Secretary Chris Grayling as the new party chairman only to delete the post quickly.

She had earlier appointed Remainer Brandon Lewis as Conservative Party chairman, with a brief to revitalize the party after June's disastrous election, and had balanced his appointment by making James Cleverly, another Brexiteer, his deputy.

David Gauke, the former secretary of state for work and pensions, takes over as justice secretary.

In an official statement, DUP leader Arlene Foster said Brokenshire had "immersed himself fully in the role [of Northern Ireland secretary] by dedicating long hours to trying to make progress".

Jeremy Hunt remains as Heath Secretary in Theresa May's Cabinet, but has had social care added to his title.

It was later confirmed that Brandon Lewis, formerly immigration minister, was the new party chairman.

Green denies looking up porn but eventually resigned as the revelation came at the same time a Tory activist Kate Maltby accused him of behaving inappropriately toward her, a charge he also denied.

Chancellor Philip Hammond stays at the Treasury.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove, International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt, and International Trade Secretary Liam Fox all remain in the same jobs. "We don't just need to fix it, I think we need to be really bold and set out what a 21st-century Conservative party looks like", he told the Today programme this morning.

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