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U.K. Ministerial Resignations Signal Government Reorganization

October 07, 2013

The resignation of two junior ministers from David Cameron’s government signaled the start of a reorganization of jobs aimed at giving his Conservative Party a new look in the runup to the 2015 general election.

Chloe Smith, a Cabinet Office minister, and John Randall, who as deputy chief whip had been responsible for discipline among Tory lawmakers, both said in letters to the premier they want to step down when Cameron announces promotions and demotions in his team. Those changes may come as soon as today.

In his keynote speech to the Conservatives’ annual conference on Oct. 2, the prime minister praised a series of senior ministers by name, including Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, Home Secretary Theresa May, Education Secretary Michael Gove and Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, suggesting that the restructuring will be confined to the lower ranks of the government.

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