‘Cabinet of Buddies’: Sunak supporters left behind during brutal cleaning of Truss’ cabinet
Minutes after the new prime minister received the keys to No 10, Shapps, Raab, Barclay and Eustice were sacked, replaced by Truss loyalists.
Far from vows to “unite” the embattled Tories, Liz Truss carried out a ruthless cabinet reshuffle, which saw supporters of her leadership rival Rishi Sunak abruptly sacked.
Dominic Raab, who described Truss’ plans as “election suicide”, was among those fired, along with fellow Sunak supporters Grant Shapps, Steve Barclay and Shailesh Vara.
The replacement for sacked ministers is a string of Truss allies, including Kwasi Kwarteng as Chancellor, who called the British people ‘the world’s worst layabouts’ in a book he co-wrote with Truss and colleagues Tory MPs, Priti Patel. , Dominic Raab and Chris Skidmore.
During his time as business secretary, the free-marketer Kwarteng clashed with Rishi Sunak over the economy and was described as Liz Truss’ ‘ideological soul mate’.
Right-winger Suella Braverman is the UK’s new home secretary, who vowed to remove Britain from the European Court of Human Rights when the first flight to Rwanda was canceled due to of a last-minute intervention by European lawyers.
Therese Coffey, who describes Truss as her closest friend, was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Health Secretary.
As Commerce Secretary, Kemi Badenoch, a so-called “culture warrior,” rose to the party right in the leadership race, riding a decidedly “anti-awakening” agenda.
Meanwhile, Penny Mordaunt has been named House Leader, after Iain Duncan Smith reportedly turned down the job. Mordaunt, who finished third in the Tory leadership race after narrowly losing to Truss, dealt a blow to Rishi Sunak’s leadership hopes when she announced she was backing Truss, calling her “a candidate hope”.
Perhaps the most shocking of the cabinet appointments is the appointment of Jacob Rees-Mogg as business secretary. The appointment of Rees-Mogg, who has long denounced “climate alarmism” and supports the removal of green levies and the return of fracking, to the post of business and energy secretary has alarmed environmentalists.
Senior Tories have also admitted they are worried about Rees-Mogg’s appointment. A former minister said it was “not very encouraging” and hoped the MP for North East Somerset would deliver on Johnson’s pledge to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
Tom Tugendhat, who was widely seen as the ‘least right’ of the Tory leadership contenders but was knocked out on the third ballot, has been named the new Minister of State for Security in the Home Office. Another Truss supporter in the leadership race, Tugendhat praised his economic policies, writing that his plans to cut taxes were “based on real conservative principles.”
A former minister said Truss was creating a “cabinet of cronies”, prioritizing personal loyalty over skills and competencies needed at a time of virtually unprecedented crisis.
“A lot of people were hoping she would be more inclusive. There are good people who should be in the firm and who won’t, and we need the most good people we can find in such a challenging time. massive,” said the former minister. The Independent.
Gabrielle Pickard-Whitehead is editor of Left Foot Forward
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