Theresa May, our new Prime Minister, has lost no time in appointing ministers for her new government. The one that interests me the most is David Davis, who has been appointed as Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union. Quite a title. This is a new post and he will have a brand new Whitehall department with its own staff of civil servants to carry this important task through the minefield of work ahead.
So who is David Davis? From Wikipaedia:
'David Michael Davis (born 23 December 1948) is a British Conservative Party politician who has been the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union since 13 July 2016. The Member of Parliament (MP) for Haltemprice and Howden, Davis was sworn of the Privy Council in the 1997 New Year Honours, having previously been Minister of State at the Foreign Office from July 1994 to April 1997.
Davis was raised on Aboyne Estate, a council estate in Tooting, South West London. After attending Bec Grammar School in Tooting, London, he went on to gain a master's degree in business at the age of 25, and went into a career with Tate & Lyle.
Entering Parliament in 1987 at the age of 38 for the Boothferry constituency, in his subsequent political career he held the positions of Conservative party chairman and Shadow Deputy Prime Minister. Between 2003 and 2008, he was the Shadow Home Secretary in the shadow cabinet, under both Michael Howard and David Cameron. Davis had previously been a candidate for the leadership of the Conservative Party in 2001 and 2005, coming fourth and then second.
On 12 June 2008, Davis unexpectedly announced his intention to resign as an MP, and was immediately replaced as Shadow Home Secretary. This was in order to force a by-election in his seat, for which he intended to seek re-election by mounting a specific campaigndesigned to provoke wider public debate about the erosion of civil liberties in the United Kingdom. Following his formal resignation as an MP on 18 June 2008, he officially became the Conservative candidate in the resulting by-election and won it on 10 July 2008. Davis was invited by Prime Minister David Cameron to join the cabinet of his coalition government, but he declined, staying on the backbenches to scrutinise and critique the government.'
Other appointments were: Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary, Phillip Hammond as Chancellor and Amber Rudd as the new Home Secretary, a post that Theresa May has filled for several years. Michael Gove and George Osborne are out. Today there will be more posts announced.
Theresa May made her first speech as Prime Minister yesterday, outside No. 10 Downing Street. Here is her speech if you haven't heard it yet.