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LSCA member quits Cabinet

Justine Greening MP, a member of the London Society of Chartered Accountants, left her Cabinet post as education secretary after refusing to move to the Department for Work and Pensions.

Justine Greening

February 2018

The MP for Putney resigned from the government after Theresa May tried to move her from her post as secretary of state for education to the Department for Work and Pensions in a cabinet reshuffle. In a statement May said she was ‘disappointed’ but respected Greening’s decision.

Greening became education secretary after the general election last year and also held the position of minister for women and equalities. Previously she had been international development secretary, having served as transport secretary and economic secretary under David Cameron.

Two other cabinet ministers whose positions were understood to be under threat, Sajid Javid and Greg Clark, kept their jobs in the reshuffle. Javid’s role has been changed from communities and local government to housing, communities and local government, part of May’s attempts to focus more attention on housing issues. Clark’s job as secretary of state for business, energy and industrial policy stays the same.

Before becoming an MP, Greening qualified as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant with PwC before working at Centrica and GlaxoSmithKline.

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