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2:22pm Monday 7th October 2013 in News
Wirral West Conservative MP Esther McVey has been pushed up the ranks at the Department for Work and Pensions to become employment minister as the coalition government reshuffles its Cabinet.
Senior Liberal Democrats have been among the biggest casualties this morning, with Scottish Secretary Michael Moore and Home Office minister Jeremy Browne both losing their jobs.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg wielded the knife as David Cameron moved to promote more women and northern MPs to his Conservative team.
With just a year to go before the crucial referendum on independence north of the border, Mr Moore's Cabinet post was handed to Lib Dem chief whip Alistair Carmichael. Mr Clegg is believed to want a more attacking approach against Scottish first minister Alec Salmond.
In one of the biggest shocks so far, Mr Browne - on the right of the party and touted by some as a future leader - was also replaced by transport minister Norman Baker.
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