Michael Gove is moved from education and William Hague quits as foreign secretary, in the final Conservative reshuffle ahead of next year’s general election. The main points –

– William Hague quits as foreign secretary and is replaced by former defence secretary Philip Hammond
Nicky Morgan
replaces Michael Gove as education secretary
– Michael Gove becomes Commons chief whip
– Michael Fallon becomes the defence secretary
– Liz Truss is secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs
– Esther McVey remains minister for employment and disabilities
– Greg Clark becomes minister of state for universities
– Lord Hill is the prime minister’s nomination for European commissioner
– Stephen Crabb is appointed secretary of state for Wales
 Baroness Tina Stowell is the new leader of the House of Lords

 Jeremy Wright is the new attorney general
 Matt Hancock is the new minister of state for business, enterprise and energy
– Mark Harper returns as minister of state at the department for work and pensions
 Mike Penning is the new minister of state at the home office and ministry of justice
 Nick Boles is minister of state for the business and education departments
– David Gauke is promoted to financial secretary to the Treasury
John Hayes is appointed as minister of state for transport
– Anna Soubry is promoted to minister of state at the ministry of defence
Priti Patel becomes exchequer secretary at the Treasury
– Ed Vaizey becomes minister responsible for digital industries
– Brooks Newmark is minister for civil society at at Cabinet Office

Channel 4 News Political Editor Gary Gibbon blogs that a friend of William Hague says the outgoing foreign secretary had “lost his appetite for top-level British politics”. Mr Hague is up for another big international job if it comes along – but not one at the European Commission.

George Osborne has been quite fixated by the chief whip role and how it can be important in shaping a post 2015 leadership contest. Mr Gove is his most ardent and committed supporter. But this is grim reward for an ally and a bit baffling as an appointment.