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Loughborough MP kept tight-lipped on the bus

by Alison Mackenzie, Political Correspondent
Nicky Morgan wasn't giving anything away yesterday Credit: PA

On the bus travelling into Westminster with me exactly 24 hours ago was Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan. She was well aware that she was being tipped for promotion in the Cabinet reshuffle but insisted she had not received any telephone call from the Prime Minister.

What a difference a day makes! She now enters the Cabinet as the newly appointed Education Secretary. A big move for the East Midlands MP who had impressed colleagues with her performances at the despatch box as a junior Treasury minister.

Earlier this year she was also made Minister for Women - post she will retain as she takes up her new role.

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Rutland and Melton MP stands down at 'own request'

The MP for Rutland and Melton is standing down at his own request Credit: Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport

The Rutland & Melton MP Alan Duncan has released a statement to say he is standing down from the government as his own request.

He said: "I have been privileged to spend four years as Minister for International Development, which has been one of the most fulfilling responsibilities I have assumed in my life.

"I am proud to have contributed to Britain's role in the world, but am now looking forward to weighing in behind the government's domestic efforts to restore the UK's economic fortunes."

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Nicky Morgan and Liz Truss arrive at Number 10

Women's minister Nicky Morgan has been tipped for promotion.
Women's minister Nicky Morgan has been tipped for promotion. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive

Women's minister Nicky Morgan has arrived at Downing Street, tipped to be one of the new female faces of the Cabinet reshuffle.

Schools minister Liz Truss was the second female MP to arrive at Number 10 this morning.

David Cameron is expected to promote a raft of women and younger MPs in his pre-election re-organisation.

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Cameron confirms Hague's new role in Cabinet

David Cameron has confirmed outgoing Foreign Secretary William Hague's new role as Leader of the House of Commons as the Prime Minister sets about announcing his Cabinet changes on Twitter.

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Confirming: William Hague to become Leader of the House of Commons. He remains First Secretary of State. #Reshuffle.

Mr Cameron also paid further tribute to Tory veteran Ken Clarke who leaves his post as Minister Without Portfolio.

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Ken Clarke has been a political Titan for more than a generation. His wise and trenchant views will be missed around the Cabinet table.

Read: Hague's rise from political prodigy to party statesman

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