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Darling leaves DWP, replaces Byers at transport

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Alistair Darling has been named as the replacement for disgraced Transport Secretary Stephen Byers, who resigned yesterday.

Darling will be replaced at the helm of the Department for Work and Pensions by Treasury chief secretary Andrew Smith, the Government has announced today.

Smith, in turn, has been replaced by current Treasury financial minister Paul Boateng.

One political analyst says: “With Darling leaving the DWP you might get some fresh thinking and some fresh policy change, but on the other hand Andrew Smith is very close to Gordon Brown which means DWP policy may continue to be driven by the Treasury.”

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