New details of the reshuffle sackings

I understand that both Caroline Spelman and Cheryl Gillan are particularly unhappy with the way the reshuffle was handled.

Apparently as Cameron was sacking Spelman he told her that part of the reason was that she was too old, to which she replied she was only 54.

As if to labour the point she was also told she was 'of Sir George Young's generation'. Sir George wasn't overlooked when the gongs were handed out of course.

It can only be a blow to Cameron's equality claims that while outgoing men have been thrown a bone, both Spelman, in some front bench role since 2001, and Gillan, doing the welsh portfolio on the Tory frontbench since 2005 have been ignored.

Gillan's sacking interview also appears to have irked. When she went in Cameron wielded the proverbial axe while drinking a glass of wine, I'm told; chillaxing perhaps. He didn't offer her any though.

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