August 1 2014 Latest news:
Annabelle Dickson, Political Editor
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Betting giant Ladbrokes has put Norfolk MP Liz Truss as its hot favourite to take the job of culture secretary following the resignation of Maria Miller.
David Cameron defied tipsters who put Norfolk MP Liz Truss at the front of queue for the job of culture secretary, opting for senior Treasury minister Sajid Javid.
The Prime Minister was expected to replace Maria Miller - who resigned from her post this morning - with either the Norfolk education minister or DWP minister Ester McVey, amid criticisms there are too few women in the top jobs.
But surprised pundits by announcing Sajid Javid will be in charge of implementing the controversial new Royal Charter to regulate the press.
Fellow Treasury Minister Nicky Morgan will take on Mr Javid’s job, but will also be Minister for Women, and will attend Cabinet in that role.
Betting giant Ladbrokes put Ms Truss as its hot favourite to take the job of culture secretary following the resignation of Maria Miller this morning.
Just an hour after the news the bookie was offering 6/4 odds for her to replace the beleaguered Basingstoke MP, later cutting the odds to evens.
The reshuffle comes after Mrs Miller wrote to David Cameron to say the row over her expenses had “become a distraction from the vital work this Government is doing”.
The Prime Minister said he was “sad” at the circumstances of her departure and hoped she could make a return “in due course” but was accepting her resignation.
It follows days of mounting public and political pressure on the MP to quit and signs she was losing support among Tory colleagues despite Mr Cameron’s backing.