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British government cabinet undergoes reshuffle

(Xinhua)

10:09, September 05, 2012

LONDON, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron reshuffled his cabinet on Tuesday to inject a "fighting spirit" into the ruling coalition and promote bright young ministers with a record of delivery, said a source from 10 Downing Street.

Cameron shifted culture minister Jeremy Hunt, who has battled calls to resign over his closeness to Rupert Murdoch's media empire, to the health ministry, replacing Andrew Lansley.

Lansley, the architect of controversial reforms to the NHS in England, has effectively been demoted to the more junior role of leader of the House of Commons.

Speaking outside No 10, Hunt said he was "incredibly honored" to take charge of health. "It is a huge task and the biggest privilege of my life," he told the BBC.

Many of the cabinet's top positions remained unchanged with Finance Minister George Osborne, Foreign Minister William Hague, Home Secretary Theresa May, Education Secretary Michael Gove, and Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith keeping their jobs.

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