Yes, Iain Duncan Smith keeps his job. The BBC seems not to have noticed this.
So why is he still there? Political Scrapbook has two theories:
one is that they didn’t want to justify the supposed leak of his demotion by a Spad on a train;
and the other is that anyone else taking on the job would have to admit to the grave problems with UC, so best leave it alone.
I have another theory – that he stays put because he’s doing what Cameron wants him to do. Michael Gove went, to great rejoicing in every school staffroom in the country; teachers vote, and some might vote Tory.
IDS would have gone to exultation among the poorest – who never vote Tory.
Esther McVey keeps her job too (and a seat in the cabinet, which is meaningless) but Mike Penning has gone. He had shown far too…
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