Prime Minister Boris Johnson is reportedly poised to reshuffle his Cabinet as early as today.
At yesterday evening’s Covid briefing the PM refused to answer a question on whether he would rule out an imminent reshuffle.
A Government source has now confirmed to The Telegraph that the highly speculated shake-up will take place.
It has however been suggested that it would be unusual to announce a reshuffle today, as the PM is expected to embark upon his scheduled four-day trip to the United Nations general assembly in New York.
Bakers Union calls for urgent action from the Scottish Government to stop Dawnfresh job losses
Treatment waiting times and appointment availability leading to doctors facing abuse – MDU survey finds
Deleted earlier tweet as Commons is sitting next week, but PM expected to head to UN meeting which means he will be away – so odds seem v much on reshuffle starting today, but ministers’ increasing nerves don’t mean it’s def happening !
— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) September 15, 2021
However, rumours regarding a reshuffle have been building for months given that the last significant reshuffle occured in February 2020, prior to the first Covid lockdown the following month.
It is also possible that the process may be extended due to the frustration of the PM’s ambitions, such as in January 2018 when Theresa May had planned an ambitious shake-up of her Government, but Jeremy Hunt reportedly refused to move from Health, and Justine Greening quit after refusing to move from Education
There is ongoing speculation regarding a number of key ministers positions, including Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and the Home Secretary Priti Patel.
Hearing that Boris Johnson will reshuffle his top team after PMQs.
A senior Tory MP tells me the rumoured moves are:
– Gove to Foreign Office
– Dowden to Education
– Gavin Williamson to Northern Ireland
– Nigel Adams (poss) to DCMS
– Simon Hart out, Craig Williams in Wales
— Rachel Wearmouth (@REWearmouth) September 15, 2021
* Raab could be moved to MoJ or CDL, Gove or Truss tipped to replace him at FCDO
* Williamson could lose job at DfE, not clear if he will remain in Cabinet
* Patel said to be vulnerable
* Jacob Rees-Mogg & Mark Spencer both said to be *safe*
— Steven Swinford (@Steven_Swinford) September 15, 2021