Boris Johnson set to make ex-Tory leadership rival Chancellor in huge Cabinet reshuffle

Posted on Jul 24 2019 - 12:19pm by admin

The newly-appointed Prime Minister is said to be poised to award the current Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, the role in No 11 Downing Street. The huge reshuffle comes as Mr Johnson plans to appoint a record number of ethnic minority MPs to his Cabinet, The Sun reported. Mr Javid’s allies have insisted he has won the race for Treasury despite Liz Truss and Matt Hancock trying for the role.

Priti Patel, Alok Sharma and James Cleverly are expected to receive Cabinet positions.

Mr Johnson is also expected to increase the number of women in Cabinet from Theresa May’s five.

An ally to the former Foreign Secretary told The Sun: “It all depends on if Boris has the bottle to do what he wants with Hunt.

“Ms Truss and Penny Mordaunt were last night tipped to replace Mr Hunt.

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“Promoting either prominent Leaver would fulfil Boris’s pledge during The Sun’s leadership debate last week to appoint at least one woman into one of the four great offices of state.

“But if he doesn’t demote him to somewhere like the Home Office, the whole reshuffle could go badly wrong very quickly.”

The Cabinet reshuffle comes as Mr Johnson made Deputy Commons Leader Mark Spencer his Chief Whip.

Mr Johnson is also planning on sacking Jeremy Hunt as Foreign Secretary.

He is said to be furious with his rival following Mr Hunt’s personal attacks during the race, according to The Sun.

Mr Hunt previously branded Mr Johnson a “coward” for not appearing in TV debates in the early stages of the debate.

Mr Johnson reportedly plans to demote Mr Hunt to a less grand Cabinet job.

One friend of Mr Johnson’s told The Sun: “Boris’s whole reshuffle revolves around what he does with Hunt.”

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