Former Northgate student David Gauke gets a place around the Cabinet table
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Former Northgate High School pupil David Gauke has been given a place in Theresa May’s first Cabinet.
Mr Gauke, 44, was born in Ipswich and was a student at Northgate in the 1980s before going to St Edmund Hall at Oxford University and then becoming a solicitor.
He became MP for South West Hertfordshire in 2005 and was appointed a junior minister in the Treasury when the Coalition was founded in 2010.
Since then he has held a number of positions in the Treasury and has now been appointed Chief Secretary, a position that has a place in Cabinet.
As well as effectively being deputy to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, his role is also to allocate money to Government departments – a crucial position in the administration.
Mr Gauke is the latest in a list of distinguished former Northgate pupils including Sir Trevor Nunn, musician Nik Kershaw, and TV presenter Brian Cant.
He is joined in Cabinet by Essex MP Priti Patel who has been made Secretary of State for International development. South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss has become Justice Secretary following the sacking of Michael Gove.
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Jeremy Hunt stays at the Health department, and Justine Greening is the new Education Secretary. Sajid Javid is the new Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
Andrea Leadsom, who challenged Theresa May for the leadership of the party before pulling out on Monday, is the new Environment Secretary – whose brief includes farming.
The appointment of Cabinet ministers was completed yesterday afternoon, but Mrs May is continuing to appoint junior ministers today.
That could feature several local MPs including current junior health minister Ben Gummer and deputy leader of the House of Commons Dr Therese Coffey.