Grant Shapps aka Michael Green, the Conservative party’s co-chairman, was named as a junior minister in the Department for International Development under Justine Greening.
The removal of Shapps makes the post jinxed. The former occupant, Baroness Warsi, was involved in an expenses scam and later demoted to a similar post in the FCO. Shapps was replaced him with Cameron confidante Lord Feldman, who previously served as co-chairman alongside Mr Shapps.
Mr Shapps has courted controversy during the campaign. He was accused of editing the Wikipedia pages of his Conservative rivals and allegedly changed his own page to delete embarrassing references to his past.
Mr Shapps categorically denied he had any involvement in editing the pages and said he was writing to Wikipedia over the fact that one anonymous editor was being reported as “speaking as if it’s Wikipedia itself” and “being somebody who is with authority”.
He was also forced to admit he had “screwed up” over his denial that he held a second job posing as his multi-millionaire pseudonym Michael Green while also an MP in 2006.