May's cabinet reshuffle in shambles after yet another resignation

Theresa may reshuffle

Mrs May said she was "disappointed" at the decision that saw one of the few female and LGBT Cabinet ministers head to the backbenches.

LONDON-British Prime Minister Theresa May shook up her cabinet Monday but was expected to keep most of her senior ministers in place, in a sign of her limited authority after losing her party's majority in a failed election gamble in 2017.

It was then revealed shortly after that Brandon Lewis, the current immigration minister, will become party chairman and attend Cabinet meetings as a "Minister without Portfolio".

However, new analysis finds that it is even more unrepresentative of the country than it was before.

Those who have held on to their jobs include the three Brexiteers -Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Trade Secretary Liam Fox and Brexit Secretary David Davis - as well as Chancellor Philip Hammond, Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Rural Affairs Secretary Michael Gove.

Though changes to the Cabinet will be wide-ranging, most of the government's big beasts are set to continue in their roles.

Several ministers may receive promotions, while a handful of MPs are anticipated to join the cabinet.

The prime minister is likely to announce that a new ministerial position has been created to oversee preparations for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit.

She hoped to showcase a fresh generation of Tory talent; shake up the party election-fighting machinery that misfired so badly a year ago; and show her determination to get to grips with domestic challenges that have been all but overshadowed by Brexit for the past 12 months.

David Davis
GETTYThe new minister will work with Brexit Secretary David Davis

May first needed to navigate the fraught opening round of Brexit talks as cabinet colleagues battled in the background, with an eye on succeeding her.

Negotiations on a transition deal to ease the break begin this month, while talks on a post-Brexit trade agreement between Britain and the European Union are set to start in March.

David Lidington, the justice secretary, replaced Green on Monday but was not given Green's title of first secretary of state.

"They should be demoting this health secretary", he said in a TV interview criticising Hunt's performance.

However, Education Secretary Justine Greening, Conservative Party chairman Sir Patrick McLoughlin, Business Secretary Greg Clark and the Leader of the Commons Andrea Leadsom are all reported to be vulnerable.

While Brexit divisions have restricted May's room for maneuvering, she is looking to make her Conservative government more representative of Britain by promoting more women, people from ethnic minorities, and recently elected lawmakers to leadership posts.

The year ahead promises to be fraught for a prime minister who has lurched from crisis to crisis for months.

Mrs May was also asked whether she meant to fight the next general election - due in 2022 - as Conservative party leader.

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