In a long-anticipated move, a cabinet reshuffle is finally introduced. Boris Johnson is attempting to revive the governing body by making some changes to its personnel. Here’s a breakdown of all the alterations done on key positions.
Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson:
Williamson has received criticism for his handling of the COVID-19 crisis, including school shutdowns and the issues with the A-Levels and GCSE grades.
Justice Secretary, Robert Buckland:
Johnson’s intention with this move may have been to vacate Buckland’s position to hand it to someone else, according to Sky News’ Jon Craig.
Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick
Jenrick has recently come under fire for granting a controversial planning permission. He also proposed some planning reforms that were undermined due to anger among Tory MPs. (Independent)
Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab
(TO: Justice Secretary, Lord Chancellor and Deputy Prime Minister)
Raab’s demotions seems to be the most significant in the re-shuffle. His handling of the recent events in Afghanistan as foreign secretary as been less than admired among the cabinet figures.
1/2 It has been a privilege to serve as Foreign Secretary,overseeing a merger of departments, publication of the Integrated Review & the UK’s Indo-Pacific tilt. Global Britain 🇬🇧 is a force for good in the world served by the finest cadre of diplomats & development experts.
— Dominic Raab (@DominicRaab) September 15, 2021
International Trade Secretary, Liz Truss
(TO: Foreign Secretary)
Truss has been seen as an effective asset in the post-Brexit trade agreements. She will be the second woman to fill the major position of foreign secretary.
Her previous position is now occupied by Anne Marie Trevelyan.
🇬🇧Today @Policy_Exchange I set out the next phase of Britain’s trade strategy, calling on businesses to export more of their quality goods & services overseas.
To seize the opportunities of tomorrow, we need to make exporting the norm for 🇬🇧 business👇
— Liz Truss (@trussliz) September 14, 2021
Minister for the Cabinet Office, Michael Gove
(TO: Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government)
Sky News described Gove as a “minister who gets things done.” He also enjoys a good reputation and record in his time within the government body.
Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden
(TO: Chairman of the Conservatives)
The reasoning for this move is unclear, but the reappointment seems to have been well-received overall. He leaves the position battling with issues like the privatization of Channel 4.
His old position is now filled by Nadine Dorris.
Education Secretary, Nadhim Zahawi
In an obvious acknowledgment of his accomplishments as Minister of Vaccines, the British-Iraqi was promoted to the position of Minister of Education. Al-Zahawi was born in Iraq, then left with his family at the age of nine. He encountered difficulties in learning the English language as a child. However, he became the first person from an Arab country to reach parliament in 2010.
I’m honoured @BorisJohnson has entrusted me with a new task as Secretary of State for Education.
I would also like to thank my predecessor, @GavinWilliamson, for his hard work during a time of unprecedented strain on education, particularly schooling, in this country.
— Nadhim Zahawi (@nadhimzahawi) September 16, 2021
By the end of the cabinet reshuffle, PM Boris Johnson expressed his optimism about the potential of the newly updated governing body, tweeting:
The Cabinet I have appointed today will work tirelessly to unite and level up the whole country.
We will build back better from the pandemic and deliver on your priorities.
Now let’s get on with the job.
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) September 15, 2021
Education in Cabinet
Almost half of Boris Johnson’s new Cabinet went to Oxford or Cambridge universities and 60% attended a private school, a Sutton Trust has said.
The charity claimed that the figure was 64% in his first Cabinet in 2019, and 65% in a 2020 reshuffle, the charity said.
In its analysis of the educational background of the new Cabinet announced on Wednesday, the trust said the 2021 percentage for private education compares to 29% when it comes to all MPs in the House of Commons.
📚 60% of the new Cabinet post reshuffle attended a private school, compared to ~7% of the UK population.
🎓27% attended both an independent school and Oxbridge pic.twitter.com/jDEbhk0GPa
— The Sutton Trust (@suttontrust) September 15, 2021
While 46% of those in the latest Cabinet studied at Oxford or Cambridge, the figure compares with 27% of all Conservative MPs, 18% of Labour MPs and 24% of all MPs. (Express and Star)
Sources: Sky News, Guardian, BBC, Evening Standard.