Cabinet shuffle: Who will stay and who will depart in Boris’ major reshuffle?
Following a series of underwhelming efforts by cabinet ministers in recent months, pressure is mounting on Boris Johnson to replace his senior team as quickly as possible. But, in the midst of the enormous shift, who will stay and who will leave?
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is under increasing pressure to reshuffle his top team, and while no date has been established, Tory supporters anticipate it to happen after the COP26 meeting in November. A change was expected sooner, but it is likely to be postponed in favor of Alok Sharma, who is now the president of the COP26 meeting and is allegedly one of Mr Johnson’s most prized ministers.
“The idea today is there won’t be a change after COP since Alok will need to find a job and the PM is quite fond of him,” one cabinet minister said.
“It’ll most likely be November or January, a new year and a fresh start.”
But, in the reshuffle, who will stay and who will go?
With the change, Mr Johnson is anticipated to bring back crucial allies while also getting rid of those who have generated controversy throughout the coronavirus outbreak.
Gavin Williamson, the Education Secretary, is widely expected to resign following the 2020 tests catastrophe, which saw him barely hold on to his job.
Mr Williamson, on the other hand, is well-known in legislative circles for his so-called “black book” of party secrets, which might pose a threat to Mr Johnson.
Mr Williamson might be shifted to another role, such as Leader of the House of Commons, which is presently held by Jacob Rees Mogg, who is being considered for the position of Treasury Chief Secretary.
For his commitment during the pandemic, Michael Gove, one of Mr Johnson’s closest allies, is likely to be rewarded with one of the great offices of state.
Following Dominic Raab’s well-documented poor response to the situation in Afghanistan, he might take over as Home Secretary from Priti Patel, or more likely as Foreign Secretary from Dominic Raab.
“I think he’s toast in the next reshuffle,” a senior government source said of Mr Raab’s possible exit.
“It’s a badly run organization driven by a control freak who refuses to delegate anything. Officials are apprehensive about him.”
The Foreign Office, according to a senior Tory MP. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”