The longest reshuffle in history is finally due to end on Friday, as Liz Truss confirms the final handful of whips with new ministers joining her administration.
Acting Prime Minister Therese Coffey was the first name confirmed 17 days after the cabinet appointment process began. Ms Truss is unlikely to be held responsible for the delay, largely due to the nationwide 11-day period of mourning that began following the Queen’s death.
Some of the most drastic decisions, such as pushing Rishi Sunak, Michael Gove and Dominic Raab to the back bench, were anticipated long before the new prime minister took office.
But as the line-up of ministers formed, other trends emerged that gave clues to how Truss would run his administration.
The most impressive move was the removal of almost all of Sunak’s supporters from the government. Widely respected cabinet ministers such as Grant Shaps, Steve Barclay, George Eustis and Simon Hart all came out, and the only snack patron in the cabinet was Robert Bucklund, who was on the way. Switching favors to Mr. Truss, Michael Ellis has a relatively low profile: the role of Attorney General. One of his minor issues was the appointment of Mr. Sunak’s best friend Robert Jenrick as health minister. However, he is said to have been handpicked by his Coffeey.
Similarly, some of Boris Johnson’s biggest allies were left out. Former Home Secretary Priti Patel, former Cabinet Office Minister Nigel Adams and former Culture Secretary Nadine Dries are back on the bench. They join “big beasts” such as Sajid Javid and Jeremy Hunt who can easily cause trouble if things go wrong.
However, Mr. Truss is in danger of a decidedly nasty Squad. We signed up experienced operators with close media ties, including Norman and Jake Berry. For former Conservative leaders when they want. The Minister’s Office will silence them, at least for now.
A string of eye-catching appointments shows the prime minister knows the importance of creating a ‘pipeline’ of ministerial talent for the future. Not only did she give the new International Trade Secretary, Kemi Badenok, the top job, but she asked Neal O’Brien, Alex Berghart, Lee Lawrie, and Julia Lopez to join her government.
The five ministers, aged between 38 and 45, have resigned, denounced Boris Johnson in a joint letter, and then joined Mrs. Badenoch’s leadership campaign. If she were to become a future Tory leader, as many expected, her next contest could be between her and her current Home Secretary, ultra-Brexit Suella Braverman. highly sexual.
Finally, Mr Truss gave a group of MPs elected for the first time in 2019 their first chance to become ministers. Some of these are relatively older figures with successful business backgrounds, such as new Finance Ministers Andrew Griffiths and Felicity Buchan, or Justice Minister Rob Butler. But in a calculated gamble, she also recruited colorful young MPs (Brendon Clark-Smith, DeHenna Davidson, Jacob Young, Jonathan Garris) who have a reputation for attracting attention in the media to Tories. appointed as the new face of