LONDON - British Prime Minister David Cameron began a reshuffle of his cabinet on Monday that he hopes will tame rebellious politicians on his party's right and revive a recession-hit government suffering a mid-term drop in popularity.

The Conservative leader was expected to keep in place his finance and foreign ministers, George Osborne and William Hague, concentrating his firepower on a rejig of middle-ranking ministers.

But in the absence of any high-profile changes the revamp may struggle to achieve its hoped-for "reboot" of the coalition's popularity ahead of the next parliamentary elections due in 2015.

In the first confirmed change Cameron moved International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell to take charge of internal party discipline in parliament.

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