Saturday 18 November 2017

It's a game of musical chairs in British cabinet

Sajid Javid, a treasury minister and former Deutsche Bank trader, has been promoted to the cabinet to replace Maria Miller, who has resigned as culture secretary
Sajid Javid, a treasury minister and former Deutsche Bank trader, has been promoted to the cabinet to replace Maria Miller, who has resigned as culture secretary

OUR own Michael D might be dominating headlines across the Irish Sea at the moment, but there's still the little issue of a cabinet reshuffle keeping the UK's top people busy. There's so much seat-changing taking place that it is becoming hard to keep track, but as far as we can gather: Sajid Javid (right), a treasury minister and former Deutsche Bank trader, has been promoted to the cabinet to replace Maria Miller, who has resigned as culture secretary amid a row over her expenses claims.

Oxford law grad Nicky Morgan is to replace Mr Javid as financial secretary to the treasury. Andrea Leadsom, also a former banker, has been appointed to replace Ms Morgan as economic secretary to the treasury. Got that? Phew.

Ms Leadsom joined the British parliament in May 2010 after a 25-year career in finance. She is rumoured to have once sworn at new boss Chancellor George Osborne when he tried to persuade her not to vote against the government over European integration in the early days of the UK's current coalition government. We like her already.

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