'He's not going anywhere': Cameron says Osborne is safe in his post until 2015 election

George Osborne will remain Chancellor until the general election due to take place in 2015, David Cameron said last night.

The Prime Minister brushed aside critics who have suggested Mr Osborne might be moved after his badly received March Budget dented Tory fortunes, insisting he was ‘not going anywhere’.

However, he pointedly refused to give the same reassurance about Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, whose future has been thrown into doubt by controversy over his handling of the BSkyB bid.

Safe: Prime Minister David Cameron pats the arm of Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, who he has said is safe in his position until 2015

Safe: Prime Minister David Cameron pats the arm of Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, who he has said is safe in his position until 2015

Mr Cameron and his inner circle have already held talks about a Cabinet reshuffle due to take place in September after Parliament’s summer recess.

Despite Foreign Secretary William Hague, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond, or even Cabinet veteran and former Chancellor Kenneth Clarke being touted as potential replacements for Mr Osborne, Government insiders have insisted there is no prospect of him being moved.

However, it is unusual for a prime minister to publicly confirm that particular ministers are to stay in their jobs ahead of a shake-up.

Speaking to Sky News, Mr Cameron said: ‘George Osborne is doing an excellent job in very difficult circumstances and he has my full support in going on doing that job.’

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Asked if that meant Mr Osborne would still be in place in 2015, the scheduled time of the next election, he replied: ‘He’s not going anywhere… yes.’

Though no one had seriously expected the Chancellor to be moved in an autumn reshuffle, the Prime Minister’s longer-term guarantee will cause surprise in Westminster.

It appears to leave Mr Cameron with no room for a change at the Treasury – even if Britain loses its cherished gold-plated AAA credit rating.

Conservative Mel Stride, a Parliamentary aide at the Business Department, called on Mr Osborne to adopt a radical new approach to growth.

Writing on the ConservativeHome website, he said: ‘We should have another Government Spending Review in which we aggressively push funds to those departments that can encourage private sector growth and away from those that consume without these benefits.’

Observers will also note Mr Cameron was unwilling to say Mr Hunt, who appeared before the Leveson inquiry to explain his dealings with Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, would remain in his post after the reshuffle.

The Prime Minister refused to provide an Osborne-style job guarantee for the Culture Secretary.

‘Well I don’t want to... If you’re going to try and go through a sort of reshuffle bingo, I’m going to leave it at that,’ he said.

He did say, though: ‘Self-evidently, you can see from this [the Olympic park] that Jeremy Hunt and the department of culture, media and sport have done a very good job.’

The Daily Mail revealed earlier this week that senior Tories believe Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith will be offered a move to the Justice Department, to replace Mr Clarke, though it is far from clear he would accept it.