Key statistics on the new Cabinet

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Here are some of the key figures behind the cabinet reshuffle:

– The Cabinet has become less diverse, both in terms of gender and ethnicity.

Just under a quarter (22%) of all those eligible to attend Cabinet meetings are women.

That’s down from almost a third (32%) at the start of Liz Truss’ term, which was the highest proportion on record for a prime minister’s first cabinet.

It is also lower than the equivalent figure for Boris Johnson (24%) and Theresa May (30%).

Five of the 31 people who can attend Rishi Sunak’s cabinet are non-white, including the prime minister.

That’s down from seven of 31 in Liz Truss’ first cabinet.

– Grant Shapps enters the history books as the shortest-serving Home Secretary in modern political history.

Mr Shapps was appointed by former Prime Minister Ms Truss on October 19 and lasted just six days before being replaced by Suella Braverman on October 25.

Suella Braverman was appointed Home Secretary just six days after stepping down from the same post (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

It represents a very quick return to the role of home secretary for Ms Braverman, who held the post just before Mr Shapps, but only for 43 days before stepping down for breaching the cabinet code.

She is currently the second shortest Home Secretary since 1900.

If she manages to stay in the job for another 19 days, she will become the third shortest person to hold the position.

– Therese Coffey’s stint as the first woman to officially hold the post of Deputy Prime Minister lasted just 49 days.

Dominic Raab returns to the position he held from September 2021 to September 2022.

Only three other people have been officially appointed to the post: Conservative politician Michael Heseltine (1995 to 1997), Labor John Prescott (1997 to 2007) and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg (2010 to 2015).

Therese Coffey takes a selfie in Downing Street on her last day as Deputy Prime Minister (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Therese Coffey takes a selfie in Downing Street on her last day as Deputy Prime Minister (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

– Gillian Keegan is the 10th Education Secretary in the past 12 years.

Since 2010, the position has been held by Michael Gove (2010-14), Nicky Morgan (2014-16), Justine Greening (2016-18), Damian Hinds (2018-19), Gavin Williamson (2019-21), Nadhim Zahawi (2021-22), Michelle Donelan (for two days in July 2022), James Cleverly (July to September 2022), Kit Malthouse (September to October 2022) and now Ms. Keegan.

The turnover has been so high that five separate people have held the position of Education Secretary in the last 12 months.

Gillian Keegan leaves 10 Downing Street after being appointed 10th Education Secretary for the past 12 years (Victoria Jones/PA)

Gillian Keegan leaves 10 Downing Street after being appointed 10th Education Secretary for the past 12 years (Victoria Jones/PA)

– The UK also has its ninth secretary for work and pensions since 2010.

The new holder of the role, Mel Stride, succeeds Iain Duncan Smith (2010-16), Stephen Crabb (2016), Damian Green (2016-17), David Gauke (2017-18), Esther McVey (2018), Amber Rudd (2018-19), Thérèse Coffey (2019-2022) and Chloé Smith (2022).

– Michael Gove is another surprise comeback, returning to Cabinet 111 days after being sacked by former Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Mr Gove has now held six different ministerial posts since 2010: Education Secretary (2010-14), Chief Whip (2014-15), Justice Secretary (2015-16), Environment Secretary (2017 -19), Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. (2019-21) and Upgrade Secretary (September 2021 to July 2022, to which he was reappointed)

– Mark Harper is the seventh transport secretary since 2010 and the 14th politician to take on cabinet-level transport responsibility since 1997.

– The average age of Cabinet ministers is 52, up from 49 under Liz Truss.

At 42, Rishi Sunak is one of the youngest members of his own cabinet, with only two other ministers of the same age (Suella Braverman and Kemi Badenoch) and only one younger (Michelle Donelan, 38).

Michelle Donelan, Culture Secretary and the youngest Cabinet Minister (Victoria Jones/PA)

Michelle Donelan, Culture Secretary and the youngest Cabinet minister (Victoria Jones/PA)

Some 15 of the 21 full-time cabinet ministers are 50 or older.

Karen J. Nelson