LIVE: Shock resignation as May kicks off reshuffle
The latest updates from Westminster amid speculation up to six ministers could be moved from their posts in the PM's reshuffle.
Monday 08 January 2018
Theresa May arrives in Downing Street ahead of the reshuffle
May expected to move six ministers
Brokenshire quits as NI secretary for health reasons
Grayling announced as new Tory party chairman, but tweet is deleted
Health Secretary Hunt tipped for promotion to PM's deputy
Education Secretary Greening and Business Secretary Clark reportedly at risk
James Brokenshire: Northern Ireland Secretary resigns
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It is understood Mr Brokenshire requires lung surgery
Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire has resigned from government, the Northern Ireland Office has confirmed.
It's understood he requires surgery soon for a lung condition.
Mr Brokenshire, 50, took the role in July 2016, replacing Theresa Villiers.
He was first elected as the Conservative MP for Old Bexley & Sidcup in May 2010. He was subsequently re-elected in 2015 and again in 2017 with more than 60% of the vote.
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He lives in Bexley with his wife, Catherine, and the couple's three children.
Before entering parliament, Mr Brokenshire was a partner in an international law firm.
From May 2011 to May 2015, he served as security minister at the Home Office.
That role included supporting Mrs May, the then home secretary, with oversight of the work of MI5 and the national police counter-terrorism network.
BBC News NI political correspondent Gareth Gordon
As far as Theresa May was concerned, at a time of unprecedented upheaval, James Brokenshire was probably as near to a being a safe pair of hands as her current Cabinet possessed.
But in Northern Ireland, as devolution collapsed around him, he was often dismissed as a "do-nothing" secretary of state who allowed the situation to drift when decisive action was required.
For republicans and nationalists, he and his government were seen as being too close to the DUP.
As far as some in the DUP were concerned, he should have already moved towards introducing direct rule in the face of what they saw as Sinn Fein intransigence.
Caught between these two positions, he appeared to be impotent, but whoever replaces him will face exactly the same problems.
His responsibilities also included the government's counter-terrorism strategy and he was part of the prime minister's extremism taskforce.
He also led negotiations with the Jordanian government to secure the deportation of the radical cleric Abu Qatada.
11:53am: Confusion surrounds whether or not Grayling is now the new Tory Party chairman.
Officials have not confirmed the news after the Conservative Party tweeted to congratulate Mr Grayling on his new appointment, which was mysteriously deleted minutes later.
BBC Political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, tweeted: "Hold the horses everyone, Grayling still not confirmed - another source has just told me it is Brandon Lewis to Tory HQ - we'll know v soon
'Strong and Stable' government suffers more upset as Justine greening tells may where to stick her job.
May is now scraping the bottom of the barrel.
Justine Greening RESIGNS and Jeremy Hunt REFUSES to move departments, scuppering Theresa May's plan to ditch 'male, pale and stale' ministers for more women
Jeremy Hunt derailed the reshuffle this afternoon by refusing to leave Health
Justine Greening turned the day into a disaster by resigning instead of moving
James Brokenshire also quit as Northern Ireland Secretary for health reasons
Theresa May was left re-appointing more than half her Cabinet to the same posts
By James Tapsfield, Political Editor For Mailonline and Tim Sculthorpe, Deputy Political Editor For Mailonline
Published: 22:44, 7 January 2018 | Updated: 21:43, 8 January 2018
Prime Minister Theresa May (pictured arriving back in Downing Street today) botched her reshuffle today as Jeremy Hunt refused to leave health and Justine Greening resigned rather than be moved
Theresa May's New Year re-launch hit the rocks tonight after Justine Greening dramatically resigned rather than be shifted from Education Secretary.
Ms Greening was offered the Work and Pensions brief in a bungled reshuffle but turned it down despite hours of talks with Mrs May.
Government sources said the Prime Minister was 'disappointed' but 'respects the decision'. Ms Greening was replaced by Employment Minister Damian Hinds.
Jeremy Hunt makes embarrassing Twitter gaffe after hitting 'like' on news Justine Greening has quit Government
Mr Hunt, who was kept on as Health Secretary with an extended social care role in the shake-up, was forced to explain why he had "liked" the tweet
ByJoshua Taylor Danya Bazaraa News Reporter
21:38, 8 JAN 2018Updated21:54, 8 JAN 2018
Jeremy Hunt has been left red-faced after he was caught 'liking' a tweet announcing Education Secretary Justine Greening had left Theresa May's Government.
In a rather embarrassing gaffe, he clicked the like button on the tweet which read: "BREAKING: Justine Greening has quit the government."
Mr Hunt, who was kept on as Health Secretary with an extended social care role in the shake-up, was forced to explain why he had "liked" the tweet.
He later tweeted: “Like button pressed by accident. Justine was an excellent minister and will be a great loss to govt.”
The Health Secretary was kept on days after he approved the cancellation of 55,000 non-urgent operations.
International Trade Minister tweets that he has lost his job
Mark Garnier was recently cleared by the Cabinet Office after an investigation into him asking a former aide to buy sex toys.
There was "no evidence" to suggest his actions "breached the expected standards of behaviour", Downing Street said at the time.
Anybody on the forum fancy a dinner and a photo opportunity with the former Prime Minister?
Chinese business chiefs pay £12,000 for dinner with David Cameron
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Chinese President Xi Jinping made a state visit to the UK in 2015
Fancy dinner and a photo with David Cameron?
That was what was on offer recently for wealthy business figures at an event in China - as long as they stumped up about £12,000.
Mr Cameron featured on social media adverts for the Shanghai International Ball and Leaders' Forum, which took place earlier this week.