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Here are some inconvenient truths about the new Cabinet's voting record

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Welcome to David Cameron’s all new - all Conservative Cabinet - to which the best minds in government have been summoned for their impassioned and expert knowledge in their fields.

First up is [Justin Tomlinson, the new disabilities minister.]1 In February 2012 he voted against protecting benefits for those who have been ill or disabled since their youth, and for cancer patients.

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Tomlison will be in charge of access to work schemes, working alongside Priti Patel, the new employment minister, who has also voted against paying higher benefit for longer periods for people out of work and using public money to create jobs for young people who have spent a long time unemployed.

Yesterday she also refused to say whether she believes in the death penalty or not:

Speaking of capital punishment: our newly promoted Justice Secretary Michael Gove may not have voted on the matter, but he also advocated bringing back the death penalty as a journalist for the Times in the 1990s.

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Gove’s new colleague Dominic Raab, Justice Minister, is a longtime critic of the Human Rights Act and has also attacked the “obnoxious bigotry” of feminists, complaining that men work longer hours than women.

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And on the inequality front, we have new equalities minister Caroline Dinenage, an MP who voted against gay marriage in 2013 - although she has later changed her mind.

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Another opponent of gay marriage is the newly appointed Culture Secretary, John Whittingdale, who has only voted moderately in favour on equality issues but allegedly supports liberalising some gambling laws, and is allegedly pro-fox hunting.

He is said to be a "fierce critic" of the BBC and called the TV licence "worse than a poll tax."

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Here we have Rory Stewart, the new Under Secretary of State at Defra. In 2011 he voted in favour of the sale of England’s public forest estate.

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And bringing up the rear we have Boris Johnson's little brother Jo Johnson, who with a degree in history, is best placed to serve as the new Science Minister.

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On Johnson’s appointment his own father said, “Good heavens! I don’t think he knows a thing about science.”

Doesn’t look like that’s going to hold him back.


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