Miller 'long tipped for post'

The Basingstoke MP Maria Miller, the new culture secretary, has long been tipped for a cabinet job after impressing many observers in her role as a junior minister at Work and Pensions.

Many had tipped her to be the new Health Secretary.

Instead that job has gone to Jeremy Hunt, and she gets his old job at Culture.

That department will feel a little bit lost now that it doesn't have an Olympic Games to organise, but crucially Ms Miller will have to ensure the government's promises about Olympic legacy are carried through.

With that, and the Leveson inquiry to deal with, she will have a full intray when she gets to her new desk.


South's MPs react to reshuffle

David Cameron moved to rejuvenate his top team today in a shake-up that could help quell unrest on the Tory right.