Newly appointed British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak carried out a major cabinet reshuffle on his first day in office, keeping Jeremy Hunt in the crucial post of Chancellor of the Exchequer. James Cleverly and Ben Wallace retained their posts as foreign and defense secretaries, respectively, while Dominic Raab became deputy prime minister.
Hunt was first nominated by former Prime Minister Liz Truss and reversed her unpopular tax cuts. He was the first of Sunak’s nominations on Tuesday, as the new prime minister promised to “put economic stability and confidence at the heart of this government’s agenda” and to “to fix“The Economic Mistakes of Truss.
Wallace has served as Defense Secretary since July 2019, when he was appointed by former Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Compared to Wallace, Cleverly is a fresher face, only leading the Foreign and Commonwealth Office since early September. He previously served as Secretary of State for Education.
I will unite our country, not with words, but with actions. I will work day after day to deliver to you. Watch my speech from Downing Street 👇 pic.twitter.com/diOBuwBqXc
— Rishi Sunak (@RishiSunak) October 25, 2022
Meanwhile, Dominic Raab has been appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Justice Secretary, two roles he held in 2021-22 under Boris Johnson.
In April 2020, when Johnson was admitted to intensive care due to Covid-19, Raab was First Secretary of State and therefore briefly took over the leadership of the country.
Suella Braverman returned as home secretary less than a week after stepping down for breaching the cabinet code amid political turmoil that saw Truss resign after just 45 days in office.
Sunak also found a place in his government for his Tory leadership rival, Penny Mordaunt, who retained her post as leader of the House of Commons. Media reports suggest, however, that Mordaunt was considering the post of foreign secretary and is unlikely to be happy with her current status.
Some key figures from the previous government lost their posts, including Jacob Rees-Mogg, who resigned as business secretary earlier on Tuesday and was not given a new post in Sunak’s government.
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