Politics Explained UK Politics

Here’s the low down on all of the Tory MPs currently in the cabinet

Are you ready for this tea?

By Jemma Davoudian

So you wanna know who’s actually making the decisions round here? Here’s the tea on the members of the current Conservative cabinet, aka, the people running our country (or running through wheat fields).

Theresa May

Theresa_May

Title: Prime Minister
Age: 61
Constituency: Maidenhead
Education: St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford (Geography)
Twitter: @theresa_may
Fun fact: Once lived in Wheatley, Oxfordshire. Has previously ran through fields of wheat.

Damian Green

damian green

Title: *Former* First Secretary of State (drama)
Age: 61
Constituency: Ashford
Education: Balliol College, University of Oxford (PPE)
Twitter: @DamianGreen
Fun fact: He was forced to resign in December amidst claims of ‘extreme’ pornography being found on his parliamentary computer. GROSS.

Philip Hammond

philip hammond

Title: Chancellor of the Exchequer
Age: 62
Constituency: Runnymede and Weybridge
Education: University College, University of Oxford (PPE)
Twitter: @PhilipHammondUK
Fun fact: He’s a millionaire, and claims his net worth is due to his consultancy skills, stakes in health care and his nursing home development portfolio.

Amber Rudd

amber rudd

Title: Secretary of State for the Home Department
Age: 54
Constituency: Hastings and Rye
Education: Edinburgh University (History)
Twitter: @AmberRuddHR
Fun fact: She had a cameo in ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’, as an “aristocracy coordinator”.

Boris Johnson

boris johnson

Title: Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
Age: 53
Constituency: Uxbridge and South Ruislip
Education: Balliol College, University of Oxford (Classics)
Twitter: @BorisJohnson
Fun fact: His great grandfather was a Turkish journalist and politician who was assassinated by a nationalist mob.

David Davis

david davis

Title: Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union – aka, The Brexit Guy
Age: 68
Constituency: Haltemprice and Howden
Education: Warwick University (Molecular Science/Computer Science)
Twitter: @DavidDavisMP
Fun fact: He made a Tory leadership bid in 2005, and his campaign included a stunt (which he has since disowned) involving two blonde women wearing t-shirts with the slogan “it’s DD for me” across the chest. I mean… I can’t…

Gavin Williamson

gavin williamson

Title: Secretary of State for Defence
Age: 41
Constituency: South Staffordshire
Education: University of Bradford (Social Sciences)
Twitter: @GavinWilliamson
Fun fact: He has a pet tarantula called Cronus. Cos he couldn’t just get a dog or something actually cute, smh

Jeremy Hunt

jeremy hunt

Title: Secretary of State for Health
Age: 51
Constituency: South West Surrey
Education: Magdalen College, University of Oxford (PPE)
Twitter: @Jeremy_Hunt
Fun fact: He’s previously pledged his support for a proposed change in UK abortion laws which would see the limit being halved from 24 weeks to 12 weeks. Thanks Jez!

David Lidington

david lidlington

Title: Lord Chancellor, Secretary of State for Justice
Age: 61 years old
Constituency: Aylesbury
Education: Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge (History)
Twitter: @DLidington
Fun fact: He was chair of the Conservative Association at Cambridge University. Tory since day.

Justine Greening

Justine_Greening_June_2015

Title: Secretary of State for Education, Minister for Women and Equalities
Age: 48
Constituency: Putney
Education: University of Southampton (Business Economics and Accounting)
Twitter: @JustineGreening
Fun fact: She is the first education secretary to have attended a comprehensive secondary school.

Liam Fox

liam fox

Title: Secretary of State for International Trade
Age: 56
Constituency: North Somerset
Education: University of Glasgow (Medicine)
Twitter: @LiamFox
Fun fact: He was forced to resign from the cabinet in 2011, having allowed his friend to accompany him to official Ministry of Defence meetings and engagements with foreign dignitaries without obtaining security clearance.

Greg Clark

greg clark

Title: Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Age: 50
Constituency: Tunbridge Wells
Education: Magdalene College, University of Cambridge (Economics)
Twitter: @GregClarkMP
Fun fact: Greg carries a Victorian medal, depicting Henry Bolcklow (an industrialist and the first mayor of Middlesbrough) with him at all times. This helps remind him of his Teesside roots.

Michael Gove

michael gove

Title: Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Age: 50
Constituency: Surrey Heath
Education: Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford (English)
Twitter: @michaelgove
Fun fact: It took him seven attempts to pass his driving test.

Chris Grayling

chris grayling

Title: Secretary of State for Transport
Age: 55
Constituency: Epsom and Ewell
Education: Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge (History)
Fun fact: Knocked a cyclist off their bike when opening his car door outside of Westminster in 2016. Then claimed that cyclists are not road users, they are cycle lane users. Charming!

Sajid Javid

sajid javid

Title: Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Age: 48
Constituency: Bromsgrove
Education: University of Exeter (Economics and Politics)
Twitter: @sajidjavid
Fun fact: His dad was a bus driver. Sadiq ain’t the only one!

Penny Mordaunt

penny mordaunt

Title: Secretary of State for International Development
Age: 44
Constituency: Portsmouth North
Education: University of Reading (Philosophy)
Twitter: @PennyMordaunt
Fun fact: She was Head of Foreign Press for George Bush during his 2000 presidential campaign. Yikes!

Karen Bradley

Karen_Bradley_MP_2015

Title: Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Age: 47 years old
Constituency: Staffordshire Moorlands
Education: Imperial College London (Mathematics)
Fun fact: She voted against making it illegal to ‘discriminate on the basis of caste’ in 2013. Lovely to see she’s all for equal rights!

David Gauke

david gauke

Title: Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Age: 46
Constituency: South West Hertfordshire
Education: St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford (Law)
Twitter: @DavidGauke
Fun fact: Voted not to investigate the impact of austerity measures on the incidence of poverty and inequality (in 2014). So selfless!

Andrea Leadsom

andrea leadsom

Title: Leader of the House of Commons
Age: 54
Constituency: South Northamptonshire
Education: University of Warwick (Political Science)
Twitter: @andrealeadsom
Fun fact: In a 2009 blog post she expressed her disappointment that a pair of siblings, whose birth parents were heroin addicts, were to be adopted by a gay couple “who have been selected ahead of several heterosexual couples”. Love a bit of homophobia in the morning! Cheers Andrea!

Brandon Lewis

brandon lewis

Title: Minister of State for Immigration
Age: 46
Constituency: Great Yarmouth
Education: University of Buckingham (Economics)
Twitter: @BrandonLewis
Fun fact: In 2015 it was revealed that he had claimed £31,000 on his expenses for stays at the Park Plaza Hotel, London. So modest!

Damian Hinds

damian hinds

Title: Minister of State for Employment
Age: 48
Constituency: East Hampshire
Education: Trinity College, University of Oxford (PPE)
Twitter: @DamianHinds
Fun fact: He consistently voted against investigations into the Iraq war. What you hiding boo?

So there you have it. Feel enlightened?

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