Newly elected British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has begun reshuffling of the cabinet by forcing some Ministers to resign and by sacking others. Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt resigned after Johnson offered him a new role.
According to a local British newspaper, Johnson has “executed the bloodiest reshuffle ever seen to build a war Cabinet to deliver Brexit” and highlights the fact that Jeremy Hunt was ‘axed’. He was offered a demotion to Defence Secretary but he rejected the offer. On the 24th, Hunt tweeted, “I would have been honored to carry on my work at the FCO but understand the need for a new PM to choose his team. BJ kindly offered me another role but after 9 yrs in Cabinet & over 300 cab mtgs now is the time to return 2 backbenches from where PM will have my full support.”
1/4 I would have been honoured to carry on my work at the FCO but understand the need for a new PM to choose his team. BJ kindly offered me another role but after 9 yrs in Cabinet & over 300 cab mtgs now is the time to return 2 backbenches from where PM will have my full support
— Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) July 24, 2019
Johnson has named Dominic Raab as the Foreign Minister and first Secretary of State. Some of the other notable switches that have been reported include the appointment of former investment banker Sajid Javid as Finance Minister and appointment of Former International Development Secretary Priti Patel as Home Secretary.
The appointment of Sajid Javid will be marked as the first non-white Chancellor in British history and the comeback of Pri Patel proves to be a sensational return to fray for the ardent Leave campaigner, who is a close ally of Johnson, says i-News. Moreover, Andrew Griffith has also been hired as business advisor, poached from Sky where he is a senior executive.
Most allies of Theresa May and pro-e-u ministers resigned before Prime Minister Johnson took office. A total of eleven ministers from former Prime Minister Theresa may’s cabinet have left the government. This seems to be the biggest Cabinet reshuffle in the history of the government.
Another local British newspaper called it “the most brutal cabinet purge in modern political history”. And some people have even gone as far as calling the reshuffle, the formation of a ‘new government’.