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Wednesday, July 29, 1998 Published at 11:18 GMT 12:18 UK

Special Report

New faces join government

Tony Blair promotes or moves more than 20 ministers, and dispenses with eight, as he reshuffles the lower ranks of his government.

'In Blair's own image'

The prime minister again favours loyalists as he ruthlessly dumps old faces to bring in new ones to the junior ranks of government.

Labour rebel attacks 'Boy's Own' reshuffle

Labour backbench MP Diane Abbott has accused Tony Blair of giving the best government jobs to men and moving women into minor posts.

Darling promises action on welfare reform
The new Social Security Secretary says that the time for talking is over - it is now time for action on issues such as pensions. Blair strengthens centre of government
The prime minister has announced a new unit to help modernise the way government policy is formulated and implemented. Papers see reshuffle as blow for Brown
The UK media sees Tony Blair stamping his authority on the Cabinet at the expense of his chancellor. A decisive reshuffle
Tony Blair emphasises discipline and fresh thinking as he takes a tighter grip on his Cabinet. Blair sacks four and appoints 'enforcer'
Harriet Harman is sacked, Jack Cunningham promoted to Cabinet 'enforcer' and Frank Field resigns of his own free will. Promotion for 'Prince of Darkness'
Peter Mandelson transformed Labour - but now he faces trying to run a department of his own. Cunningham rewarded for beef ban victory
Agriculture Minister Dr Jack Cunningham is given a top job as the Cabinet "enforcer" in the government reshuffle. Full Cabinet list
Tony Blair's new Cabinet line-up after his first reshuffle. Cabinet government in Britain
Tony Blair has reshuffled his Cabinet - but what is the Cabinet? And how does it work? Harman: Downfall of a Blairite
The sacking of Social Security Secretary Harriet Harman is the biggest surprise of Tony Blair's first reshuffle. Field upsets a well-managed reshuffle
It was New Labour all the way until the junior social security minister decided he did not want to play along. Blairite moves up a grade
Stephen Byers has alienated unions and displeased teachers - but wins a new job in the Cabinet reshuffle. Nick Brown moved to agriculture
Chief Whip Nick Brown is made agriculture minister in the Cabinet reshuffle. No Strang attached
Transport Minister Gavin Strang is sacked from the Cabinet after failing to make any impression. Cabinet farewell to a good guy
Popular minister Dr David Clark loses his job as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in the Cabinet reshuffle. Promotion for premier's daughter
The daughter of James (now Lord) Callaghan inherited his ambition.

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