Theresa May Plays it Safe With Cabinet Reshuffle

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2018

The reshuffle took on a freakish twist Monday morning as the official Conservative party Twitter account tweeted an image congratulating Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling on becoming the chairman of the Conservative party.

The most senior members of the Government - Chancellor Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Mr Davis - will all remain in their present posts.

British Undersecretary of the United Kingdom, James Brookshair, resigned due to health reasons, the World Agencies said, referring to Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman.

Greening's resignation later yesterday is likely to be viewed as a challenge to May's authority, while media reports suggest that the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, also refused a request to move - and so stays on.

It's rumoured he will take over from Damian Green as Deputy Prime Minister, with ex-NHS nurse and Guildford MP Anne Milton taking over from his current role.

The biggest upset saw Justine Greening quit the government altogether rather than accept a switch from education to work and pensions - a job given instead to Esther McVey.

Transport Minister Chris Grayling had been strongly linked with the job before the appointment.

Confirming he was leaving May's top team after nearly two years as party chairman, Patrick McLoughlin - who was blamed by many Tories for the party's poor showing in last year's snap election - told Sky News: "I've been in the Cabinet eight years".

Education Secretary Justine Greening has become the fourth minister to leave British Prime Minister Theresa May's cabinet since November past year.

Shailesh Vara returns to the Government after a spell on the backbenches as parliamentary under secretary in the Northern Ireland Office. David Lidington, the justice secretary, replaced Green on Monday but was not given Green's title of first secretary of state. He has also been made minister without portfolio.

Johnson, a leading Brexit supporter, kept his job at the foreign office, despite challenging May's strategy in 2017, as did fellow eurosceptic Liam Fox, the global trade minister.

Scottish Secretary David Mundell is not expected to be moved out of his post.

Following a cross-party meeting in Parliament, they criticised Jeremy Corbyn's pursuit of a "jobs-first" Brexit, arguing it was impossible without backing single market membership, as some Labour MPs are urging. Really, you couldn't make this up.

George Freeman, who up until recently was head of Theresa May's policy unit, has called for a "big shake-up" within the Conservative Party following the disappointment of the June election. "All competent, creative, hardworking and good to work with".

Andrea Leadsom: The House of Commons Leaders has faded from the public eye since her post-Brexit leadership bid and may be demoted or sacked by Theresa May.

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