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Johnson constructs new cabinet in his own image

Thursday 13th February 2020
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It has been surprising for many that after his triumph at the general election in December that Boris Johnson has taken so much time to re-arrange his cabinet colleagues. However, it seems now that he has The Withdrawal Agreement signed and sealed, and takes time to deliberate on his strategy over the forthcoming trade talks with the EU, he is ready to implement some changes.

Of course, when a government has such a strong majority in the House of Commons, MPs will be eager to get in on the action around the cabinet table, but Johnson will definitely want yes men around him.

Although there is, as yet, no indication how substantial the changes will be, Downing Street has indicated that the PM will, "reward those MPs who have worked hard to deliver on this government's priorities to level up the whole country and deliver the change people voted for last year".

Those he put in situ at the beginning of his term, like Sajid Javid, Dominic Raab and Priti Patel are expected to stay, but in an effort to broaden inclusivity and boost his PR, women are expected to feature much more highly in this round of changes.

Rumour has it, that in order to promote female talent in the party, and to avoid criticism of ‘the old boys’ club’ that has often rattled around him, Boris Johnson is expected to make many junior ministerial changes to create a 50/50 gender split.

He has also shown a desire to change the parliamentary private secretaries’ profile by the end of the Summer, which currently are only filled by 16 percent of women, a figure that could change to as much as 60 percent.

It seems that after his success at the ballot box, and to retain the Northern vote that he stole from Labour, Johnson wants to change the profile of the Conservative Party to include as many Yes women as Yes men.

TV cameras will be trained on Downing Street today as parades of MPs learn whether or not they have lost their jobs, as well as the Labour Party who will be scrutinising their opponents, as well as the European Union in Brussels.

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