British Prime Minister Johnson reshuffles team to save his administration


Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, fighting for his political survival, reshuffled some ministers in his administration on Tuesday to try to appease his lawmakers angered by a series of scandals.

Johnson had pledged to reset his premiership to reverse the course of his most serious crisis to date, which is fueled by the fallout from a number of watered-down events in his office and Downing Street residence during the strict COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.

The changes did not include any of the senior cabinet positions.

After appointing new recruits to his Number 10 team, Johnson then revamped his Operation Whips – the team of lawmakers that enforces discipline within the ruling Conservative Party to ensure lawmakers back government policy. .

Mark Spencer, who was chief whip, was replaced by lawmaker Chris Heaton-Harris, a close Johnson ally who has worked to build support among lawmakers amid months of reports of lockdown-breaking parties in Downing Street.

Spencer becomes leader of the lower house of parliament, the House of Commons, succeeding Jacob Rees-Mogg, who has been appointed Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government Effectiveness.

‘It was about making changes both to how Number 10 works and changes to strengthen that relationship between Cabinet, Parliament and Number 10 and I think that’s what we’re looking to deliver’ , the spokesperson told reporters.

He described Rees-Mogg’s appointment as one to “carry forward the changes we are now able to make now that we have left the EU (European Union) to implement our post-Brexit agenda”.

Johnson promised his lawmakers last week that he would shake up operations in his Number 10 office. Four of his closest aides resigned on Thursday.

Lawmaker Andrew Griffith was named head of Johnson’s political department and Cabinet minister Stephen Barclay became his new chief of staff. He also named a former colleague, Guto Harri, as the new communications director.

Several conservative lawmakers as well as opposition leaders have demanded Johnson’s resignation. The opposition accuses him of misleading parliament, a charge he has denied.


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