Julian Bray writes: Lots of reshuffle rumours doing the Westminster rounds, bookies say Ester McVey is worth a good punt...
David Willetts is said to be to leaving the Cabinet,Penny Mourdaunt to become a (career dead ending) Defence Minister, as budgets cut to the bone, and the spectre of unfinished, possibly unloved aircraft carriers have to make do with choppers instead.
Philip Hammond always uneasy in the Defence role, as several sources suggest Hammond is changing places with Iain Duncan Smith at the Department for Work & Pensions to mastermind the discreet burial of a massive but dysfunctional DWP computer upgrade.
Former TV Presenter Esther McVey needs to hire in Pickfords as well, and like Dr Who, is the new incarnation for none other than Eric Pickles at Communities and Local Government, whilst Eric Pickles is set to become the Election bound Party Chairman. A case of goodbye Mr Shapps..
Not good news for some Eastern Region local councillors, as Ester is according to media buddies, hard as nails when it comes to driving through policy directives. Cosy direct deals between Council Leaders and outside suppliers and sources are set to be given the 'Spong' treatment ie put through the mincer... some budgets already set may get a further rude 'haircut' and past budget projects, some nodded through by individual councillors even, certainly revisited ..
Grant Shapps not seen as being mean enough for the election run up, and taking the fight head on to Farage and his merry UKIP band. Stewart Jackson MP isn't going anywhere, as he's taking tea with his local bowling club on the Commons Terrace on Shuffle Monday.
Other names bandied about and set for promotion include Amber Rudd, Anna Soubry, Andrea Leadsom and Liz Truss. Some plans were hurridly changed following a huge media leak earlier in the week, and guess what?
The leaks are still coming thick and fast... one highly touted and outwardly respected name, until last week expected to feature, has now been firmly linked with the current historical sex abuse enquiry, and will be outed by a national newspaper within two months unless he decides to go public first.
However, the story is already set and just needs a sign off and the button pushed. It's that cigarette paper close. But like all forecasts only bet if you can first afford to lose the pot, shame many politicians still refuse to heed the advice.
JULIAN BRAY, Media, Aviation, & Travel/Cruise Industry Expert. Broadcaster & Journalist, Regional Politics, EQUITY, NUJ Life Mbr. UK Tel: 01733 345581 (isdn GLENSOUND remote location kit available)