Brit Politics Logo

Prime Minister Theresa May's July 2016 Cabinet

Following the resignation of David Cameron after the decision by the British public to leave the European Union, Theresa May, former Home Secretary, became Prime Minister. On 13th July, the day Mrs May was invited to form a government by Her Majesty the Queen, she set about putting her Cabinet together.

That evening she appointed the top jobs and sent a message that 'Brexiteers' would form a major part of the May premiership. Gone was George Osborne, who was not offered another Cabinet post as expected, and in was Philip Hammond as Chancellor of the Exchequer. In a surprise move former Mayor of London Boris Johnson was made Foreign Secretary. Two new positions were also announced of EU Exit Secretary, David Davis and International Trade Secretary, Liam Fox. Amber Rudd, formerly at Energy, was invited to become Home Secretary and Michael Fallon was requested to continue his work as Defence Secretary.

The following day, Prime Minister May announced her remaining Cabinet but not before contacting those who would not be returning to their posts. These were:

John Whittingdale - Culture Media and Sport; Michael Gove - Justice Secretary; Nicky Morgan - Education Secretary; Theresa Villiers - Northern Ireland Secretary. In an unusual move Stephen Crabb resigned from his post citing the need to put his family first following revelations about his private life in the media.

Below are the key appointments:  

Cabinet and Ministerial Appointments  

 Cabinet/Ministerial Post     

   July 2016 Post Holder        

Chancellor of the Exchequer 

Phillip Hammond
Foreign Secretary

 Boris Johnson
Home Secretary

 Amber Rudd
EU Exit Secretary   David Davis

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox 

Defence Secretary

 Michael Fallon
Education Secretary

Justine Greening 
Health Secretary  Jeremy Hunt
Chief Secretary to the Treasury

David Gauke

Financial Secretary to the Treasury
Jane Ellison 
Chief Whip  Gavin Williamson

Justice Secretary & Lord Chancellor 

 Liz Truss
Leader of the House of Commons  David Lidington

Work and Pensions Secretary

Damian Green
Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal

Baroness Evans
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy 

 Greg Hands
Minister for Policing and the Fire Service 

Brandon Lewis 
Culture Secretary   Karen Bradley

Transport Secretary

Chris Grayling 
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

 Andrea Leadsom
Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid

International Development

Prit Patel
Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire

Secretary of State for Wales

Alun Cairns
Scottish Secretary  David Mundell

Department for International Trade Minister

 Greg Hands
Pensions Minister Penny Mordaunt

Minister of State at Department of International Trade 

 Lord Price
Minister of State at Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy  Nick Hurd
Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice  

Sir Oliver Heald 
Minister of State at Department of Health 

Phillip Dunne 
Minister of State for Immigration 

 Robert Goodwill
Minister of State for Department of Work and Pensions  

 Damian Hinds
Minister of State for Security at Home Office 

 Ben Wallace
Joint Minister of State for Universities and Science 

Jo Johnson 
Armed Forces Minister Mike Penning

Attorney General Jeremy Wright QC
Digital Policy (DCMS)  Matt Hancock

Minister of State for Transport 
John Hayes