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McVey laughs off 'Downing Street catwalk' headline

Esther McVey said she thinks it is "great news people are talking about powerful women" in Number 10 after a Daily Mail headline on "the battle of the Downing Street catwalk" was widely criticised.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg poked fun at the newspaper by tweeting a picture of what he was wearing, while Green MP Caroline Lucas said the headline was an "all time low".

However, the employment minister, who was promoted to attend Cabinet meetings in yesterday's reshuffle, said: "I think it's great news that people are talking about powerful women walking up in to Downing Street.

"You've got some great women there now, secretaries of state, new people who've just come in to Parliament."

"So, you know what? If it takes a photo of some women getting a new job to start a whole generation of new young girls talking about what jobs I can do then that's fine by me," she added.

Cameron defends number of women in his Cabinet

David Cameron has been questioned on the percentage of women in his Cabinet during Prime Minister's Questions.

David Cameron speaking during PMQs

Given his commitment to equality, will the Prime Minister explain why 75% of his cabinet are still men.

– Labour MP Emma Lewell-Buck

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Nick Clegg pokes fun at Daily Mail in fashion tweet

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has poked fun at the Daily Mail by posting a photo on Twitter of what he is wearing today.

Mr Clegg said he hoped his attire wasn't too "80s cabin attendant" after the Mail did an article on what promoted female MPs were wearing.

The Mail websiteis well known for commenting on what celebrities and public figures are wearing.

Miliband congratulates PM on 'getting rid of Gove'

Ed Miliband has spoken out about the Cabinet reshuffle during Prime Minister's Questions.

Ed Miliband, Labour Leader

We have always said we would support the Government when they do the right thing so can I join thousands of parents across the country in congratulating him [David Cameron] on getting rid of the Education Secretary.

– Ed Miliband, Labour leader

Clegg: Britain will remain 'anchored in heart of EU'

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said Britain will remain "anchored in the heart of European Union" under the coalition Government as he rejected claims yesterday's reshuffle created a Eurosceptic Cabinet.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

The Liberal Democrat leader said: "The Conservatives are talking to each other rather than to the country or even to the rest of Europe about Europe.

"What I want to see is a reformed European Union - more competitive, more open, less bureaucratic, more open trade - but with Britain always leading in Europe.

"If the Conservatives want to constantly change their own policy or stance on the way they talk about Europe, that is up to them.

"This Government, a coalition Government because of the Liberal Democrats in it, will remain anchored in the centre ground with Britain anchored firmly in the heart of the European Union."

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Fallon 'hopes' there will be no further defence cuts

The new defence secretary said he "hoped" there would not be further cuts to his department's budget and praised his predecessor for "taking some very tough decisions" in order to get funding "under control".

Michael Fallon told Good Morning Britain the Ministry of Defence was able to "invest in the future" because Philip Hammond - the new Foreign Secretary - had "spent nearly four years" working on the department's budget.

Jacqui Smith criticises 'catwalk' coverage of reshuffle

Former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has hit out at the coverage of what female ministers were wearing during the Cabinet reshuffle.

Smith, who was Britain's first female Home Secretary, told Good Morning Britain that focusing on the way female ministers dressed was "a bit frustrating" and warned it could put off young women from entering politics.

Fallon 'hopes' there will be no further defence cuts

The new defence secretary "hopes" there will be no further cuts to his department's budget and praised him predecessor for "taking some very tough decisions" in order to get funding "under control".

Michael Fallon told Good Morning Britain the MoD was able to "invest in the future" because Philip Hammond had "spent nearly four years" working on the armed forces budget.

PM: New Cabinet team 'reflects modern Britain'

Cameron said his new cabinet team 'has the ability to take this country forward.' Credit: Anwar Hussein/PA

Prime Minister David Cameron has said his new Cabinet "has the ability to take this country forward."

Mr Cameron is expected to finalise the lower ranks of government this morning, before taking questions in the Commons.

He said: "This is a fresh team with the ideas, the energy, the policy and the ability to take this country forward, to complete the long-term economic plan and secure our future.

"I think it is a team that reflects modern Britain and it is by reflecting all of modern Britain that we will get the best for our country."

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