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With the Conservative Party success at the General Election on May 7, and securing an outright majority at the polls, Prime Minister David Cameron has been unveiling the first all-Tory cabinet since 1997 when Tony Blair ousted John Major.

This has seen Alistair Burt, a former minister of foreign affairs, take the position as the new Care Minister. He replaces Lib Dem Norman Lamb, a previous coalition partner of the Conservatives, who was generally well-received by the social care sector for his work on the Care Act and mental health. 

Nicky Morgan stays as Secretary of State for Education, Minister for Women and Equalities, having been appointed to head the Department for Education in July 2014.

One of her last announcements prior to the General Election was £25m for children’s services with funding for organisations specialising in child mental health care (£4.9 million), adoption (£1.7 million), children in care (£1.4 million), early education and childcare (£5.3 million), family advice and support (£1.8 million), safeguarding (£3.3 million), and special educational needs and disabilities (£5.9 million).

Edward Timpson, previously Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families since 2012, becomes Minister of State for Children and Families. His responsibilities include childcare, early learning and development - curriculum for children aged 0 to 5 years, families, health issues (obesity, drugs and alcohol, teenage pregnancy), child poverty, school food and healthy schools, special educational needs and disabled children, and young carers.

Greg Clark has been appointed Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, taking over from Eric Pickles. He was previously Minister for Universities and Science.

Other appointments in the Department for Communities and Local Government are: Brandon Lewis, Minister of State for Communities and Local Government; Mark Francois, Minister of State for Communities and Local Government; Marcus Jones, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Local Government); James Wharton, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State; Kris Hopkins, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government; and Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

The re-shuffle, however, saw Jeremy Hunt retain his position as Secretary of State for Health, a role he took up in September 2012, having previously been the Culture Secretary.

On his reappointment, he said: “My biggest priority now is to transform care outside hospitals - just as we have dramatically improved the quality of care inside hospitals in the last few years. All of us want every single older and vulnerable person to be treated with the highest standards of care - so we need a step change in services offered through GP surgeries, community care and social care.”

Other appoints are Nick Boles, Minister of State for Skills and Equalities; Caroline Dinenage, Minister for Equalities; Nick Gibb, Minister of State for School Reform; Lord Nash, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools; and Sam Gyimah, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Childcare and Education. 

Within the Department for Work and Pensions, Justin Tomlinson was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Disabled People).

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