The PM reshuffles his cabinet
Two months on from the general election, Boris Johnson has undertaken a reshuffle of his cabinet ministers. The biggest surprise was the resignation of Chancellor Sajid Javid, who was requested to sack his advisory team – a move “no self-respecting minister” could accept, according to Mr Javid. It remains to be seen whether or not the Budget scheduled for 11 March will now go ahead. BIVDA will be providing a submission regardless of whether the date is moved.
Rishi Sunak, the former Chief Secretary to the Treasury, has replaced his old boss, rounding off an impressive rise to the second-biggest job in British politics having been first elected in 2015. Matt Hancock remains Health Secretary and Helen Whately has moved from DCMS to become Social Care Minister, replacing Caroline Dinenage.
Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom has been replaced by former International Development Secretary Alok Sharma. Universities, Science, Research and Innovation Minister Chris Skidmore has also gone. Michelle Donelan has taken over his universities brief, indicating the appointment of a separate science minister.
- George Eustice is the new Environment Secretary, replacing Theresa Villiers
- Brandon Lewis has replaced Julian Smith as Northern Ireland Secretary
- Oliver Dowden has taken the helm at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
- Anne-Marie Trevelyan is the new International Development Secretary, replacing Alok Sharma
- Amanda Milling replaces James Cleverly as Minister without Portfolio and Chair of the Conservative Party
- Former Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay replaces Rishi Sunak as Chief Secretary to the Treasury
- Geoffrey Cox has been replaced by Suella Braverman as Attorney General