British PM's cabinet reshuffle marred by resignation

  • British PM's cabinet reshuffle marred by resignation

British PM's cabinet reshuffle marred by resignation

British Prime Minister Theresa May will begin reshuffling her cabinet today (8).

But that was as good as it got for the prime minister.

"A prime minister who at Christmas was just looking politically a little bit stronger seems pretty much back to base camp again", Dr. Curtice remarked.

Hamstrung by her inability to move the "big beasts" and constrained by the need to preserve the fragile balance of power over Brexit around her Cabinet table, the United Kingdom prime minister largely stuck to the status quo, keeping the figures - or in Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, the most beastly figure from the vantage point of 10 Downing Street - who have made her life so hard these past 18 months in power.

May also demonstrated her natural caution.

David Lidington was appointed to become Minister for the Cabinet office, replacing Ms. One moderate, consensus-builder stepped into the shoes of another as May's fixer and chair of several Brexit-facing Cabinet committees.

It also comes as the prime minister tries to reset her leadership in the face of a resurgent opposition Labour party, which exceeded expectations in the snap election May called - and almost lost - last summer.

Mr. Lewis will take over from veteran Minister Patrick McLoughlin, who had been criticised by some members for failing to broaden the appeal of the party.

James Cleverly, a prominent Brexiteer and friend of Boris Johnson who was only elected to parliament in 2015, was made Lewis' deputy.

Some MPs in her Conservative Party had joined newspaper commentators in condemning a chaotic reshuffle of senior ministers on Monday, which was followed by a reorganisation of the junior ranks on Tuesday.

"I think she is leaving the top people and the big departments in place, but they are having to look over their shoulders".

Labour has started the new year attacking her government's handling of the crisis-hit health service and railways. According to analysts, the party could promote a younger generation of politicians to try to lure some of the youth vote that has gone to the opposition Labour Party.

May has been forced to make changes to her top team following the resignation last month of Damian Green as first secretary of state after he admitted to lying about the alleged discovery of pornographic images on his Commons computer during a police raid.

The first official change of Monday was the announcement that close Theresa May ally James Brokenshire was taking the opportunity of the cabinet reshuffle to stand down from his position of Northern Ireland secretary, citing ill health.