Boris Johnson's United Kingdom government reshuffle: Who's in and who's out?

Daniel Fowler
February 14, 2020

The relationship between the Prime Minister and Chancellor is an integral part of any Government.

Javid served as home secretary in the May government and was among the final four candidates in the leadership contest to succeed her, won by Johnson in June.

The BBC's Business Editor Simon Jack said the prime minister suspected Javid might resign if pushed to get rid of his advisers and he described Sunak as an "oven-ready" Chancellor.

Alok Sharma was promoted from global development to become the new business secretary, and he will also be minister for the COP26 United Nations climate summit, due to take place in Glasgow in November. "That does leave us vulnerable to things like an economic shock, interest rates rising".

Johnson's cabinet shuffle included the removal of Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom, Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers and Housing Minister Esther McVey, all high-profile women in the administration.

Asked whether the planned Budget statement would still take place on March 11, he said only: "Extensive preparations have already been carried out for the Budget and they will continue at pace".

Before being appointed as the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sunak was the second in command to the finance minister as the Chief Secretary to the Treasury and oversaw public spending.

The government said Thursday that Alok Sharma, previously in charge of worldwide development, would become business secretary and also take charge of COP26.

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The former Treasury minister told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: 'I think he, probably more by accident than design, was put into a position where it was extremely hard for him to swallow that and move on'.

But along with the ministerial exits, the reshuffle - which Downing Street insiders had predicted would be "conventional" before the row with Mr Javid - saw promotions for MPs who are highly rated by Number 10.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan joins the cabinet as worldwide development secretary, having previously been a defence minister.

Johnson appointed Brandon Lewis as Smith's replacement.

Former defence secretary Penny Mordaunt will return to Government as Paymaster General in the Cabinet Office.

Smith had been widely praised for helping to end political deadlock that left Northern Ireland without a regional government and assembly for three years.

There are two other cabinet ministers of Indian extraction in the Johnson government - Home Secretary Priti Patel and International Development Secretary Alok Sharma.

Sir Peter Lampl, founder and chairman of the Sutton Trust, said: "December's election led to a seismic shift in the political landscape".

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