After being formally appointed as the new United Kingdom PM on Tuesday, October 25, Rishi Sunak reshuffled the cabinet. In what came as a surprise to many, the British PM reappointed Suella Braverman as the Home Secretary and James Cleverly as the Foreign Secretary.
Other important figures in the reshuffled cabinet include Ben Wallace as the Defence Secretary and Dominic Raab as Deputy Prime Minister and Justice Secretary. Let’s take a look at how Rishi Sunak’s reshuffled cabinet looks currently.
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Sunak’s appointment came amidst a grave financial crisis and Jeremy Hunt, who replaced Kwasi Kwarteng as the Chancellor of the Exchequer, retained his position as the Finance Secretary. Hunt was appointed in the role by former PM Liz Truss, following a U-turn by the government from its tax positions.
The Conservative Party tweeted that Dominic Raab has been appointed as the Justice Secretary as well as the Deputy Prime Minister. The 48-year-old was one of the few supporters Sunak had when Liz Truss piped him to become the Prime Minister.
Raab supported Sunak once again when Truss resigned, saying he could not offer his backing to Boris Johnson as the Partygate inquiry continued. He is also a supporter of Brexit and was Brexit Secretary in July 2018.
Ben Wallace has been retained as the Defence Secretary by Sunak, who has been in the role since July 2019. The 52-year-old former soldier has been leading UK’s efforts in supporting the Ukraine war and his continual in the role was anticipated by many.
However, in a surprising move, Rishi Sunak reappointed Suella Braverman as the Home Secretary, who resigned from the role earlier in October from Liz Truss’ cabinet. She was first appointed in the role by PM Truss when she first took office in September and was one of the leading female figures in the government.
She recently criticised Liz Truss by saying that the UK government under her leadership broke key pledges which were promised to the citizens.
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While Rishi Sunak became the first Indian-origin Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, another Indian-origin minister, Alok Sharma, lost his position in the cabinet.
James Cleverly, who was appointed Foreign Secretary by Liz Truss, retained his position in the cabinet. Meanwhile, Simon Hart became the new chief whip in the UK cabinet and replaced Wendy Morton.
Nadhim Zahawi, who was the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, remained in the cabinet as Minister without Portfolio. Meanwhile, Oliver Dowden has replaced Zahawi as the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.