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14 things you didn’t know about the Cabinet

Prime Minister David Cameron has put together his government after the Conservatives pulled off a surprise outright win in the general election.

But here are some things you probably didn’t know about the Cabinet…


1. David Cameron is a descendant of King William IV and is therefore distantly related to the Queen.


2. The Chancellor of the Exchequer changed his first name to George aged 13 after originally being called Gideon Oliver Osborne.


3. Home Secretary Theresa May has a reputation for wearing a diverse range of footwear after stepping out in a pair of leopard-print shoes at the 2002 Conservative Party conference.


4. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond went to the same school as TV presenter Richard Madeley who said Mr Hammond used to be a goth during his teenage years.


5. Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith is a keen football fan and ironically, considering his political stance, plays on the left wing.


6. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt took a course in refereeing back in 2011 after revealing he didn’t know the offside rule. He went on to be a linesman in a football match between Tory MPs and journalists at the Conservative Party conference in 2012.


7. Michael Fallon takes his responsibilities as Defence Secretary very seriously. At night he sleeps within reach of three phones and his bodyguards are on standby 24 hours a day to drive him to a secure base in case he needs to give an order for an urgent mission to go ahead.


8. Back in the early 1990s, before he was an elected politician, new Justice Secretary Michael Gove tried his hand at satirical comedy. He hosted a topical comedy show on Channel 4 with comedian David Baddiel called A Stab in the Dark.


9. Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has previously voted against same-sex marriage. A controversial move from a former minister for equality. She later changed her stance on the issue.


10. Leader of the House of Lords Baroness Stowell erected a cardboard cut-out of George Clooney in her Westminster office to promote laws to make same-sex marriage legal in 2013. “I’m single but as long as George Clooney is available I’m prepared to wait,” she said. Sadly, George tied the knot the following year.


11. Business Secretary Sajid Javid keeps a portrait of former Conservative prime minister Margaret Thatcher on his office wall.


12. He may be Transport Secretary but Patrick McLoughlin is afraid of flying.


13. Stephen Crabb became the first Conservative Cabinet member with a beard since 1905 when he was appointed Welsh Secretary in 2014.


14. Minister for Employment, Priti Patel, said she was in favour of bringing back the death penalty on an episode of the BBC’s Question Time in 2011.


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