Is reshuffle enough to revive May's fortunes?

  • Is reshuffle enough to revive May's fortunes?

Is reshuffle enough to revive May's fortunes?

British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party deleted a tweet announcing a new chairman on Monday, adding unexpected drama to what was expected to be a routine reshuffle of her top ministers.

Mr Lewis will also take on the role of minister without portfolio.

Former Tory chairman Grant Shapps, who was accused of trying to oust Mrs May after last June's disastrous election for the Conservatives, told BBC Newsnight: "Clearly, to be blunt, it wasn't a brilliantly executed performance with the reshuffle today".

Northern Ireland secretary James Brokenshire revealed he was stepping down for health reasons.

It was reported that one of the junior ministers in the Department for Exiting the European Union could be given responsibility for getting the United Kingdom ready in case talks in Brussels fail to reach a deal, and could attend cabinet alongside Brexit Secretary David Davis.

As the new Cabinet meets on Tuesday for the first time, few faces are different as the "big four" of Chancellor Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Brexit Secretary David Davis all remain in place.

Sir Patrick McLoughlin, a minister as far back as the Thatcher government, could be replaced having overseen the general election campaign that ended with the Tories losing their majority.

David Lidington was appointed as minister for the cabinet office, replacing May's closest friend in parliament, Damian Green, who was forced to resign a year ago over misleading statements over pornography found on his computer.

Mr Green was forced to resign last month after admitting he lied over allegations pornographic material was found on his Commons computer during a police raid in 2008.

Reports suggest May will seek to bring a wider range of talent into the cabinet, including more women, ethnic minorities and younger members.

May's decision to reshuffle her cabinet was a sign that she felt her internal position had improved enough to make some substantial changes to her top team without sparking a leadership crisis.

"Personally, I think history will look at the Grayling era as Tory party chairman in a kinder light than is now being reported", stated Mail on Sunday's Dan Hodges.

A source close to Mr Brokenshire said he had chose to stand down because he was facing major surgery within the next couple of weeks.