Number 10 'only planning minor changes to Cabinet team'

Posted On: 
3rd January 2018

Theresa May is reportedly set to resist calls for a reshuffle of her top team and focus on rewarding up and coming MPs with junior ministerial jobs.

Theresa May pictured in her constituency over Christmas

The Sun reports that several 2015 Tory MPs could get promotions, but that Theresa May is not planning major changes to her Cabinet. 

She has been forced into at least one change by the departure of Damian Green at the end of last year.

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While it is possible she will not directly replace Mr Green as First Secretary of State - a role with no defined powers - she will need to appoint a new Cabinet Office minister, as well as a colleague to run the Cabinet sub-committees that Mr Green chaired.

However today's reports suggest Ms May will steer clear of moving any senior colleagues such as Boris Johnson or Brexit Secretary David Davis.

There have also been suggestions that Jeremy Hunt could move on from Health Secretary, a position in which he has now served for five years.

And there are rumours that Tory chairman Sir Patrick McLoughlin could be in line for the sack, with Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis tipped in some quarters as a replacement.

A senior Tory rubbished suggestions that Culture Minister Matt Hancock could get the role, saying: "Theresa May will never promote him. He clearly hates working under Karen Bradley at the department for Culture and wants out.”