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State & Ceremonial

Damian Green is appointed First Secretary of State

Theresa May has appointed her close friend Damian Green to fill in the position of First Secretary of State as pressure mounts on the Prime Minister to resign.

Mr Green, who was appointed Secretary for Work and Pensions by Mrs May less than a year ago, has been an MP for 20 years and has known the Theresa May for around 40 years.

He is a pro-European MP, and the Prime Minister is hoping that he will help unite the Conservative Party and get remain supporting politicians on board.

Mr Green is the first person to hold the office of First Secretary of State since George Osborne. The office is used as a substitute to a Deputy Prime Minister, and Mr Green will act as Mrs May’s right-hand man.

Ever since the Conservatives failed to win a majority in Thursday’s General Election, politicians on both sides have been calling for Theresa May to resign.

She met with The Queen at Buckingham Palace on Friday and was given permission to form a minority government with support from Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party.

Mrs May’s first major test will be next Monday when she will see she can get The Queen’s Speech passed through Parliament. If she cannot, then Jeremy Corbyn will have the opportunity to form a government.

The State Opening of Parliament will take place on June 19 but will be a heavily dressed down affair compared to previous years.

There will be no horse drawn carriages, and the 91-year-old Monarch will not be required to wear her heavy crown or ceremonial dress.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will also be absent from proceedings this year.

Full coverage of the State Opening of Parliament will be available on Royal Central on Monday 19th June.