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Greg Clark is new Minister for Universities, Science and Cities 18.07.14

David Willetts steps down in cabinet reshuffle

In the biggest reshuffle of his time in office, David Cameron has removed a number of older Tory ministers from his inner circle and appointed two new women to the cabinet.

Among the changes include Michael Gove’s demotion from education secretary to chief whip, and William Hague’s resignation as foreign secretary. David Willetts will also be leaving the Commons at the next election, handing his portfolio to Greg Clark who will retain responsibility for cities.

Clark has a strong policy background and was Director of Policy for the Conservative Party from March 2001 for three successive Leaders – William Hague, Iain Duncan Smith and Michael Howard.

After becoming an MP (for Tunbridge Wells ) in 2005, his political roles have included: Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Shadow Minister for Charities, Social Enterprises and Volunteering, Minister of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government, Minister for Cities (from 2011).

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