Snoopers' Charter queen Theresa May returns to Home Office brief
PM gently reshuffles Tory cabinet after election victory
Theresa May has – despite her failure to ram through the Snoopers' Charter under the previous Tory-led Coalition government – once again, been handed the troublesome Home Office brief.
Prime Minister David Cameron, whose Conservative Party secured a slim majority in the House of Commons on Friday, has been lightly reshuffling his Cabinet minister pack by returning some of his colleagues to the same roles they occupied prior to the General Election.
Thin-lipped, austerity-obsessed George Osborne remains in charge of Blighty's purse as Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Michael Gove, who in the run up to the election was Chief Whip for the Tories, has now been appointed Justice Minster by the PM.
On Sunday, the BBC's Radio 4 programme World This Week wrongly reported that Gove – known for butting heads with May – would be "put in charge of" the Communications Data Bill, AKA the much-hated Snoopers' Charter.
This morning, the Prime Minister's office said that Iain Duncan Smith would hold on to his welfare axe at the Department for Work and Pensions, where he will oversee £12bn in cuts. Commentators may be surprised by this move, given IDS's botched effort to introduce Universal Credit during the previous Parliament.
Cameron also confirmed within the last few minutes that Sajid Javid had bagged the Business Secretary brief, having previously overseen the Ministry of Fun.
That job now falls to former culture, media and sport select committee chair John Whittingdale. The new DCMS Secretary of State will, among other things, be responsible for the delayed rollout of faster broadband networks across the UK. ®
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