David Cameron’s biggest ministerial re-shuffle to date has had ramifications in the legal world.
Jeremy Wright MP is to replace Dominic Grieve as Attorney General. Wright, who practiced as a barrister and has been an MP since 2005, was appointed as a junior justice minister in 2012. Grieve had previously been tipped for the role of Attorney General but the Law Society Gazette reports that he “was believed to have been passed over for his 'wet' views”.
Mike Penning, MP for Hemel Hempstead, replaces Damian Green as minister for Policing, Criminal Justice and Victims. Penning is an executive member of the 1922 Committee and has previously been a soldier, a fireman and a journalist.
South Swindon MP Robert Buckland as the new Solicitor General, replacing Oliver Heald. Buckland has also practiced as a barrister and is a member of the Justice Select Committee and joint secretary of the 1922 Committee.
Finally, Nick Hurd has stepped down from his role as Minister for Civil Society, to be replaced by Brooks Newmark. Hurd has been popular in the charity sector and is generally regarded as having done a good job in difficult circumstances. Newmark, the conservative MP for Braintree, has strong experience in finance, having been a partner at Apollo Management, a private equity firm, between 1998 and 2005.
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