Boris Johnson flexes muscles with shake-up of cabinet for post-Covid era

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Boris Johnson dominated the government with a bigger-than-expected reshuffle, ousting poorly performing ministers from cabinet and demotions for “big beasts” Michael Gove and Dominic Raab.

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In a shake-up featuring No. 10 as forming a team to “build back better” after the COVID pandemic, the prime minister replaced Raab as foreign secretary with Liz Truss following his humiliation on Afghanistan, and dismissed Gavin Williamson as Secretary of Education. A succession of wrong moves resulted in him confusing Marcus Rashford, a black player from England, with another, Maro Etoje.

He signaled his determination to continue the culture wars by putting Nadine Dorries in charge of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. The longtime aide of Johnson, who had previously been against the “left-wing snowflake”, will play a key role in the future of the BBC and Channel 4, as well as appointments to influential positions such as chairman of media regulator Ofcom.

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In a concession to rest Tory backbenchers, Johnson sacked Robert Jenrick, whose planning reforms – now set to be overboard – had caused fury in leafy Conservative heartland seats.

In his place he replaced Mr Gove, who adds responsibilities to Mr Johnson’s “leveling up” agenda, electoral reform, and a beefed-up ministry for housing, communities and local government to the union, which some at Westminster call the Department of Attractiveness. as were described. Problem.

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After a successful stint as Minister of Vaccines, Nadim Zhawi joined the cabinet as Secretary of Education, the crucial task of closing schools and universities alike after a two-year shutdown and canceling exams due to the COVID pandemic. with.

And Tory grassroots darling Truss was rewarded for her tireless global travels in search of post-Brexit trade deals, making her only the second woman to hold the position of foreign secretary.

Mr Raab protested his contempt for the Secretary of Justice and Lord Chancellor, only conceding after being given the title of Deputy Prime Minister, formally confirming the position he had previously held as First Secretary of State. held on actual basis.

His appointment will concern freedom campaigners because of his long-standing distaste for the European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act and advocating for their replacement with the British Bill of Rights.

He has inherited a large backlog of court cases from predecessor Robert Buckland, whose dismissal was condemned as “unjust and degrading” by the chairman of the Commons Justice Committee, Tory MP Bob Neill.

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