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May forms her cabinet

Justine Greening and Greg Clark retain their responsibility for universities.

Theresa May has reappointed Justine Greening as education secretary and Greg Clark as business secretary. However the prime minister was described as a dead woman walking over the weekend and faces a showdown with the 1922 committee of backbenchers this afternoon. In a significant break with the past, she is reported to have abandoned the Conservative manifesto. This is important because she cleaved to past pledges to reduce net migration because the party had been elected on that basis. Now Mrs May is reported to be ready to abandon plans to reintroduce grammar schools. Efforts to compel universities to sponsor schools may similarly fall by the wayside. Her two chiefs of staff have been replaced by Gavin Barwell, a former MP who lost his seat during the election on 8 June. Talks continue with the Democratic Unionist Party, which is in the process of identifying its price for agreeing to support the Conservative Party in crucial votes. Meanwhile the early versions of the Queen’s speech are being drafted.

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