No change in senior posts as Theresa May reshuffles Cabinet team

ANALYSISJanuary 8 2018 5:00pm The Times David Lidington loyal and discreet like Damian Green but safer Oliver Wright Policy Editor

Green was third high office of his Government forced to leave office in less than two months, after Defense Minister Michael Fallon, embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal, and Priti Patel, Minister of International Development, who remained committed Meetings with Israeli officials behind prime minister's back.

Education secretary Justine Greening is said not to be so fortunate however, with doubts also surrounding the future of Greg Clark as business secretary and Andrea Leadsom as leader of the Commons.

Sir Patrick looks set to pay the price for the party's failure at last year's snap general election, which saw the Tories' Commons majority wiped out.

Former justice secretary David Lidington was appointed to Mr Green's old position of Minister for the Cabinet Office, but did not inherit the title of first secretary of state which marked Mrs May's long-time friend and ally as her effective deputy.

He takes over from Damian Green, who was forced to quit before Christmas.

Speaking to the BBC's Andrew Marr this weekend, she defended the way the NHS had coped with the pressures, but admitted "nothing's perfect" and that more needed to be done. In pools of candidates for promotion is Jeremy Hunt, health-care owner since 2012 and longest-running minister, despite criticism of crisis experienced by public hospitals this winter. Its task will be to prepare for the eventual departure from the European Union without a trade deal.

According to the newspaper, the new minister is likely to be placed in the ministry for Brexit and will work in parallel with Minister Davis Davis.

She must balance any moves within her team against the knowledge of the hard times that lie ahead, as well as her own still vulnerable position as leader.

But pressed on whether she would still be there the next time the country goes to the polls, she appeared to acknowledge that the decision may not be entirely down to her, saying: 'Obviously I serve as long as people want me to serve'.

Related:

Comments

Latest news

Missing man found dead in Marinette County forest
During a search in the woods, volunteers from the Niagara Fire Department found the man's body. The Marinette County Sheriff's Office is asking for help locating a missing man.

Apple Inc. (AAPL) Once Again Crushed Google In App Revenue Last Year
While Google Play is certainly no slouch, the App Store almost doubled up its market share, continuing a years-long trend. That's 34.7 percent growth over 2016 for the App Store, compared with 34.2 percent growth for Google Play.

Mourinho slams Conte for match fixing links
And then, when Ranieri was sacked, he put a shirt for Ranieri. "When you become to be older, there is this type of risk". Me and him, face to face. "If you want to fight this person, you try to kill this person.

WVU ranked second following win over OU
West Virginia Mountaineers forward Sagaba Konate (50) contests a shot attempt by Oklahoma Sooners guard Trae Young (11). He scored all 20 points in just 24 minutes of action. "My confidence is really growing", Allen said.

Gary Oldman Wins Best Drama Actor for 'Darkest Hour — Golden Globes
As awards season kicks in, Gary Oldman is already receiving praise for his role as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour . Israel, Esq .). " Darkest Hour ", the film focuses on the early days of World War II.

Other news