United Kingdom appoints new work and pensions secretary amid reshuffle

Clay Curtis
November 18, 2018

Referring to Mrs May as the new Prime Minister and the work he had done with David Cameron and former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, he said: "Theresa May, the party's new leader, lost little time in distancing herself from her predecessors and the vision for the country that I had helped them set out for what was meant to have been a five-year parliament".

Barclay, a health minister, was appointed by British Prime Minister Theresa May as she also re-appointed Amber Rudd to the British cabinet in a bid to shore up her creaking premiership.

Earlier this year Rudd resigned over her mishandling of the Windrush scandal.

Amber Rudd has returned to the cabinet as work and pensions secretary.

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Rudd is the sixth work and pensions secretary.

Mr Barclay's appointment came after Mr Gove reportedly turned down the post after saying he would only take it if he could renegotiate the European Union withdrawal agreement. Let's hope she shows more concern for the victims of this department's unfairness and cruelty than she did at the Home Office. This is a poisoned chalice in a government that is unlikely to survive until Christmas.' Ms Abbott said: 'Amber Rudd resigned because of her mismanagement of Windrush scandal.

A recent report found Home Office officials gave her the wrong information and then later failed to clear up the problem.

The report's executive summary says: "That led to her firm denial ("we do not have targets for removals") in the hearing. I can not establish how she was given this reply: the most likely explanation is crossed wires between her special adviser and her private office". The Times says Theresa May used her reshuffle to bolster the cabinet with loyalists amid fears that she could face a vote of no confidence next week. The initial line that there were indeed no targets was undermined when it emerged that there had been a target until a few weeks previously. The Home Secretary (and Glyn Williams who was appearing with her) were never provided with briefing that might have allowed them to put the correct position on the record. "Mistakes were made which shouldn't have taken place and work is ongoing to make sure those people are properly compensated.' The spokesman said the PM viewed Ms Rudd as 'a very experienced Secretary of State who has worked across a number of departments" and was 'confident she will do an excellent job".

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