Tuesday 6 December 2016

Allies, Brexiteers jostle for cabinet places

James Kirkup

Published 12/07/2016 | 02:30

Theresa May visiting Number 10 last year – tomorrow she moves in as prime minister. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Theresa May visiting Number 10 last year – tomorrow she moves in as prime minister. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Theresa May will reward loyal supporters but ensure that prominent Leavers have key positions in her cabinet.

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Chris Grayling, Ms May's campaign manager and currently the Leader of Commons, may succeed her as home secretary or play a central role in Brexit talks.

Other allies, such as Damian Green, a former home office minister, and Alan Duncan, who acted as a spokesman for the May campaign, are also in line to return to government.

Another significant figure is Robert Halfon, the Conservative Party's vice-chairman. He has called for sweeping changes in the way the party organises and thinks, in order to increase its appeal to working-class voters.

Other supporters who can expect jobs include James Brokenshire, the immigration minister, and Michael Ellis, her parliamentary private secretary. Justine Greening, the development secretary, may also hope for a domestic ministerial post.

Leading candidates for the Treasury are Philip Hammond, the foreign secretary and Sajid Javid, the business secretary. Nicky Morgan, the education secretary, would like to be the first female chancellor, but is seen as an outside bet for the post. Almost all Conservative MPs expect the current chancellor, George Osborne, to leave the Treasury.

Other changes expected include a new health secretary to replace Jeremy Hunt.

One of the biggest questions facing Ms May will be what to do with Boris Johnson - and if he is prepared to serve in her Cabinet, perhaps as Conservative Party chairman. Some of Mr Johnson's friends have suggested he would like to be defence secretary.

Meanwhile, current Northern Ireland secretary Theresa Villiers says she wants to stay in the post. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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