November 28, 2022

Suella Braverman returns as home secretary

Downing Street has announced Suella Braverman’s reappointment as home secretary, less than a week after she was forced to resign from the role.

Braverman, a leading rightwinger, was sacked by Liz Truss last Wednesday because she sent an official document from her personal email to a fellow MP, in a serious breach of ministerial rules.

Key events

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Andrew Mitchell appointed development minister

The newly re-appointed home secretary Suella Braverman has said she was honoured to join Rishi Sunak’s cabinet.

I am honoured to be appointed by the Prime Minister to serve as Home Secretary.

We will work hard to control our borders, maintain our security and keep our streets safe.

— Suella Braverman MP (@SuellaBraverman) October 25, 2022

Robert Jenrick appointed immigration minister

Gavin Williamson becomes minister without portfolio

Tom Tugendhat appointed security minister

Rishi Sunak will speak to Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon this evening, a Scottish government spokesperson has confirmed.

Sturgeon previously claimed that she did not hear from Sunak’s predecessor Liz Truss even once during her time as prime minister.

The outgoing transport secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan has offered her congratulations to her successor Mark Harper.

Johnny Mercer has been appointed minister for veterans’ affairs in the Cabinet Office, according to Downing Street.

John Glen appointed chief secretary to the Treasury

John Glen has been appointed chief secretary to the Treasury, Downing Street has confirmed.

He previously served as economic secretary to the Treasury between 2018 and 2022.

Mark Harper becomes transport secretary

Mark Harper has been appointed secretary of state for transport, Downing Street has announced.

He takes over from Anne-Marie Trevelyan, who was only appointed to the role in September.

Jeremy Quin appointed paymaster general

Jeremy Quin has been appointed paymaster general, and minister for the Cabinet Office, Downing Street has announced.

Quin was previously appointed Home Office minister in September.

Victoria Prentis becomes attorney general

Rishi Sunak has significantly better figures than Liz Truss received in the run-up to her becoming prime minister, a new YouGov poll shows.

Britons are split on how good a prime minister they think Sunak will be, with just a quarter expecting him to be great or good, 29% think he will be average, and another 29% expect him to be poor or terrible.

Despite these mixed results, they represent a substantial improvement over his predecessor Truss. More than 50% of Britons expected her to do a bad job when asked just ahead of her victory in the Tory leadership race.

Who is in and who is out?

In the cabinet

Jeremy Hunt, chancellor
Had he won the Tory leadership in the summer, Rishi Sunak had been keen to appoint one of his close allies as chancellor, and he is rumoured to prefer Oliver Dowden or Mel Stride, the chair of the Treasury select committee. That may yet happen at the next reshuffle but for now Sunak has kept with Hunt, deciding that stability is the priority. Having been in post for less than a fortnight, it was the consensus position among MPs that Hunt should stay in post. He is keen to deliver the 31 October fiscal event on schedule, in an attempt to bolster market confidence.

Penny Mordaunt, leader of the Commons
Mordaunt, who stood in both Tory leadership elections this year, would have hoped for a promotion but is instead kept in place. The Commons leader is confident at the dispatch box and is deemed popular with Tory activists.

Dominic Raab, deputy prime minister and justice secretary
Raab got his old jobs back. He kept a largely low profile after Boris Johnson’s administration collapsed in July. But he was a consistent and early backer of Sunak and spoke up for him in the broadcast rounds over the past week.

Oliver Dowden, chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster
Once David Cameron’s deputy chief of staff in No 10, Dowden is one of Rishi Sunak’s closest allies, who has long supported his friend’s campaign to become prime minister and may yet become chancellor. Dowden quit as Tory party co-chair in June after a double byelection defeat for the Tories, insisting “serious times require serious leadership”. Rumour suggested he was on the brink of being sacked before making his bombshell resignation, as he had increasingly become sceptical of the Johnson administration.

Suella Braverman, home secretary
Last week Braverman became the shortest-serving home secretary since 1834, having quit after she was found to have breached security rules. Her resignation rocked Liz Truss’s premiership and helped trigger Truss’s resignation the next day. Braverman makes a quick return to office in arguably the standout move of Sunak’s new team.

Simon Hart, chief whip
Hart served in Boris Johnson’s cabinet as Wales secretary before resigning in July 2022. He is a staunch remainer and his appointment suggests Sunak is taking a different approach to restoring harmony within the party.

Thérèse Coffey, environment secretary
The deputy prime minister and health secretary under Liz Truss, Coffey is moved to Defra. She was not seen as friendly towards the National Trust and RSPB during her time as a junior Defra minister and many in the environment sector viewed her as “unenthusiastic” about the role.

Out of the cabinet

Jacob Rees-Mogg
With a letter written by hand, Rees-Mogg resigned as business secretary as Rishi Sunak kicked off his cabinet reshuffle, acknowledging his proximity to the last two regimes.

Wendy Morton
Widely viewed as over-promoted due to her closeness to Truss, confidence in the former chief whip collapsed when confusion broke out over whether a motion on fracking last week would be treated as a confidence vote in Truss’s administration.

Kit Malthouse
Malthouse’s career took off after Johnson lost his battle to remain in No 10 earlier this year. The former policing minister became the most senior minister in the Cabinet Office as part of Johnson’s caretaker government, before accepting the poisoned chalice of becoming the fifth education secretary in just over a year.

Robert Buckland
The outgoing Wales secretary backed Rishi Sunak before switching to Liz Truss in the summer leadership race, making him an enemy of many of Sunak’s allies.

Jake Berry
The former party chair came under fire last month for telling struggling Britons to “go out there and get that new job”. Berry, who was chair of the Northern Research Group, later apologised for the remarks.

Simon Clarke
The former levelling up secretary was chief secretary to the Treasury under Sunak when he was chancellor.

Lord True has been re-appointed lord privy seal, and leader of the Lords, Downing Street said.

Nadhim Zahawi says it’s a “great honour” to be appointed the chair of the Conservative party.

It’s a great honour to be appointed Chairman of the party I joined as a young man and has meant so much to me.

I look forward to supporting @RishiSunak in this role and in the Government as we take on the challenges ahead.

— Nadhim Zahawi (@nadhimzahawi) October 25, 2022

David TC Davies appointed Welsh secretary

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