British PM resumes reshuffle after chaotic start

British PM resumes reshuffle after chaotic start

British PM resumes reshuffle after chaotic start

The two-day, drawn out affair that is a reshuffle of the British ministry, which involves those being promoted and often those being demoted arriving at 10 Downing Street before their next career move is announced, began with drama, when the Conservatives official twitter account wrongly announced the new party chairman.

Confirming he was leaving May's top team after nearly two years as party chairman, Patrick McLoughlin - who was blamed by many Tories for the party's poor showing in last year's snap election - told Sky News: "I've been in the Cabinet eight years".

That said, the veteran David Lidington's appointment as Cabinet Office minister, ostensibly replacing the sacked Damian Green as Mrs May's fixer-in-chief, is an astute one.

Her Conservative Party is also reported to be losing members at a time when the main opposition Labour Party, under leftist leader Jeremy Corbyn, is enjoying record levels of support, suggesting to some that it is on course to win a new election due in 2022.

His replacement was announced on Twitter, only for the tweet to be nearly immediately deleted. Sir Patrick had only been chairman since 2016 but was widely blamed for last year's election result, where the Tories lost their majority.

Most senior ministers stayed in their posts on Monday, with some defying May's attempts to move them.

He also drew fire after a protester interrupted May's speech to the party conference in October - an address that was also marred by a coughing fit and a collapsing set. He has also been made minister without portfolio. Damian Green was the third minister to leave the cabinet in the space of a few weeks, after the defence secretary and worldwide development minister both quit - all three following separate scandals.

However, many of May's ministers disagree on the shape of the future relationship.

Meanwhile, Britain's Northern Ireland Minister, James Brokenshire, has resigned ahead of a planned cabinet reshuffle.

In a major shake-up of CCHQ, the Conservatives announced prominent backbencher James Cleverly as deputy chairman, junior minister Chris Skidmore as vice chairman for policy, Maria Caulfield as vice chair for women, and 2017 intake MPs Kemi Badenoch and Ben Bradley as vice chair for candidates and vice chair for youth respectively. "I was trade minister for 30 minutes".

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