Britain’s new Prime Minister Liz Truss rewarded her close allies Therese Coffey and Kwasi Kwarteng with top cabinet posts when she singled out a number of prominent Rishi Sunak supporters during a major government reshuffle.
s Truss appointed Mr Kwarteng as chancellor and Ms Coffey as deputy prime minister and health secretary, as she appointed James Cleverly as foreign secretary on Tuesday.
Former Attorney General Suella Braverman was appointed Home Secretary, replacing Priti Patel after she resigned as a precautionary measure.
Meanwhile, Chris Heaton-Harris, a former Minister of State for Europe and North America, has been appointed Secretary for Northern Ireland.
But before making her appointments, Ms Truss first sent former Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab and cabinet mates Grant Shapps and Steve Barclay to the back benches after backing her rival in the Tory leadership contest.
Ms Coffey, the former Secretary for Works and Pensions who is believed to be Ms Truss’s closest friend in Westminster, replaced Mr Raab as deputy after he described Ms Truss’ tax plans as an “election suicide note”.
And she took over Mr Barclay’s health letter after he too supported Mr Sunak, the former Chancellor whom Ms Truss beat in a poll of Tory members.
Mr Kwarteng, a longtime ally of Ms Truss whose appointment as chancellor had been widely anticipated, is replacing Nadhim Zahawi at the Treasury Department.
Brandon Lewis, whose resignation as Northern Ireland Secretary put pressure on Boris Johnson to step down from No 10, replaced Mr Raab as Justice Secretary. Mr. Lewis eventually endorsed Ms. Truss in the leadership competition.
Ben Wallace will remain Defense Secretary due to his key role in supporting Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Ukraine’s fight against Vladimir Putin’s invasion.
Former Transport Secretary Wendy Morton will join Cabinet as Chief Whip, making her responsible for party discipline in the House of Commons.
Ms Truss began the redundancies in her office in the House of Commons shortly after making her first speech outside Downing Street when she formally replaced Mr Johnson.
She then went to No. 10 to remake the head of government in her own image.
Mr Raab, who was Justice Secretary and Mr Johnson’s deputy, did not expect to continue his tenure in government as he was a vocal critic of Ms Truss. The MP for Esher and Walton said: “I look forward to supporting the Government from the back benches.”
Mr Shapps also tweeted his own departure as Transport Secretary but did not make the same comments in support of the new Tory leader. Instead, the Welwyn Hatfield MP said he looked forward to being “a strong, independent voice in the backbenches”.
Shailesh Vara, another Sunak supporter, was away as Northern Ireland Secretary and the North West Cambridgeshire MP said he would support the government from the back benches.
Mr Barclay, the MP for North East Cambridgeshire who had been Health Secretary in Mr Johnson’s final months in office, wished Ms Truss “good luck in the future”.
Ms Patel, who did not endorse any candidate, announced her departure on Monday before Ms Truss even took office after her job at the Home Office was publicly linked to Ms Braverman.
Johnny Mercer, who did not say who he supports in the race, said he was “disappointed” to be sacked as Minister for Veterans Affairs but accepted that the PM “is entitled to reward her supporters”. The Plymouth Moor View MP also proposed leaving the House of Commons, saying: “I must accept that I will never possess the qualities necessary for lasting success in politics and to be fair to my wonderful family be, I must consider my future.”
Greg Clark said he was on the road as rising secretary, a role he was called up to as Mr Johnson prepared to announce his own resignation following a spate of scandals.
Andrew Stephenson, who remained publicly neutral during the contest as Conservative Party leader, also said he was stepping down from the role.
Earlier, Nadine Dorries, who had supported Ms Truss, confirmed she had been asked to stay on as culture secretary but decided she would return to the backbenches as well.
Mr Sunak, the former chancellor whose resignation helped oust Mr Johnson, has also made it clear he does not expect to be offered a new job.
However, his supporters have urged Ms Truss to appoint an “inclusive” cabinet and not simply surround herself with loyalists, as Mr Johnson has been accused of doing.
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/britain/new-british-prime-minister-liz-truss-rewards-close-allies-with-top-jobs-in-her-cabinet-41966895.html New British Prime Minister Liz Truss rewards close allies with top jobs in her cabinet