Lidington will be in charge of public sector efficiency reform ©PA Images
Lidington will be in charge of public sector efficiency reform ©PA Images

David Lidington appointed minister in charge of procurement

8 January 2018

David Lidington has been named the new minister for the Cabinet Office, a role that includes government procurement and public sector efficiency reforms.

Lidington was appointed by prime minister Theresa May in today’s cabinet reshuffle, and replaced Damian Green, who resigned from the post over a scandal involving porn on his computer.

As of yet there have been no new policy positions announced from the Cabinet Office, a spokeswoman told SM.

Lidington was also appointed chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster – responsible for the administration of the Queen’s private estates  – but has not inherited the role of first secretary of state, an appointment given to Green as a close ally of May.

Green was asked to quit in December after he was found to have lied about what he knew about claims pornography had been found on his office computer. An internal inquiry said Green’s statement that police had “never suggested to me that improper material was found” was inaccurate and misleading.

Green had held the post for less than a year, taking the role in June after his predecessor, Ben Gummer, lost his seat in last year’s general election.

Prior to today’s appointment, Lidington held the role of lord chancellor and secretary of state for justice.

He was first elected as the Conservative member for parliament for Aylesbury in 1992, and has previously served as minister of state for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, leader of the House of Commons and in a number of shadow cabinet positions. 

May made a number of changes to her cabinet today, but a number of key positions remained the same, including foreign secretary (Boris Johnson), Brexit secretary (David Davis), home secretary (Amber Rudd), business secretary (Greg Clark) and chancellor of the exchequer (Philip Hammond).

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