Theresa May New Years Cabinet Reshuffle

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Prime Minister Theresa May is set to reshuffle her cabinet and appoint a new Conservative Party Chairman.

Edit: 14:27 08/01/17

Sir Patrick McLoughlin has resigned as Conservative Party chairman saying that these are "anxious times, but full of opportunity" in his resignation letter to Theresa May. He will be replaced by former immigration minister Brandon Lewis. The deputy chairman will be newley appointed James Cleverly.

 

Theresa May with newly appointed Conservative Party Chairman Brandon Lewis and new deputy party chairman James Cleverly.

Theresa May with newly appointed Conservative Party Chairman Brandon Lewis and new deputy party chairman James Cleverly.

Former N Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire reveals he has lesion on lung in resignation letter to the PM

Edit: 11:42 08/01/17

Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire has resigned from his position due to health reasons.

Edit: 10:12 08/01/17

The New Year reshuffle is expected to be her most extensive reshuffle since she became PM in July 2016, with reports that Education Secretary Justine Greening, leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom, Business Secretary Greg Clark and Conservative Party chairman Patrick McLoughlin set to be moved. Number 10 has called much of this speculation “guesswork”. 

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Brexit Secretary David Davis are among senior members are all expected to keep their jobs.

 

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is also rumoured to be made First Secretary of State, filling the void of Damian Green since his sacking last month. Which would see him become deputy to the PM at Prime Minister’s questions and chair multiple cabinet sub-committees on Brexit. 

Labour have said that if Theresa May promotes Mr Hunt, she would be “betraying” patients experiencing the NHS going through one of its worst winter crisis in recent history, instead of “engaging in a reshuffle that is little more than a desperate PR exercise” according to Labour MP Andrew Gwynne.

The new cabinet selection is an opportunity for Mrs May to promote more women, where currently only 6 of her 23 incumbent ministers are women.

The reshuffle is expected to announced today and potentially continue into Tuesday.


 

This is a developing story and more information will be added as and when it is announced.

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