UK PM Theresa May reshuffles cabinet

Henrietta Strickland
January 14, 2018

UK Prime Minister Theresa May attempted to inject new energy into a government weighed down by Brexit on Monday, reorganizing her top ministerial team with an eye to strengthening the apparatus of her governing Conservative Party.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, McLoughlin said he felt it was the right time to leave the Cabinet "as we discussed some months ago".

All of this was a reminder of the prime minister's fragile authority over her fractious parliamentary party.

Labour has started the new year attacking her government's handling of the crisis-hit health service and railways.

May says she will re-jig government ranks "soon", with changes expected as soon as Monday.

May's decision to keep them in post is in part a reflection of her need to balance Brexit-backing ministers like Johnson and Davis with more pro-EU politicians such as Hammond and Rudd.

It is understood that May does not intend to appoint a first secretary of state in what has been billed as her biggest reshuffle since taking office in 2016.

The reorganization will extend through Tuesday, when there could be a clutch of new mid-ranking ministers, commentators said.

The role was an attempt to show Brussels that London "was serious about leaving the European Union without a deal if talks fail", it added.

Between chairs at risk of falling, y appear, according to analysts of British press, that of Justine Greening, Minister of Education, and that of Andrea Leadsom, leader of House of Commons and Exrival of May in contest for leadership of party after resignation of Ca Meron, whom many consider to be amortized at Downing Street.

Last year's flurry of high-profile resignations triggered repeated calls for a reshuffle, which until now went unheeded.

The shadow health secretary, Jon Ashworth, said: "The secretary of state for health should be here ... not pleading for a promotion in Downing Street".

It was then revealed shortly after that Brandon Lewis, the current immigration minister, will become party chairman and attend Cabinet meetings as a "Minister without Portfolio".

- David Lidington appointed as Cabinet Office minister, a largely behind-the-scenes role supporting the prime minister and responsible for making sure the government runs smoothly.

May is also predicted to promote more women and MPs from ethnic minorities as she tries to counter an alleged culture of sexual harassment in Westminster and criticism her party is too narrowly representative of multicultural Britain.

After months of reshuffle speculation, when the time came, Theresa May's ministers couldn't be budged - not the ones that truly matter at least.

May has said she intends to stay in office "as long as people want me to serve", but past year saw numerous reports of plots to oust her - and many ministers will have their eye on a future leadership challenge.

"I'm not a quitter". "I'm not someone who quits, I'm here for long term", he said at BBC.

"Obviously I serve as long as people want me to serve".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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