LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson will reshape his government on Thursday, appointing a team he hopes will deliver his vision for Britain beyond Brexit and heal the divisions both in his Conservative Party and the country.
Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Home Secretary Priti Patel and Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid attend the weekly question time debate in Parliament in London, Britain, February 12, 2020. ©UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERS
The reshuffle is not expected to be as explosive as some commentators had suggested, based on his senior adviser Dominic Cummings’ well-publicised desire to see a radical reorganisation of government to fit Johnson’s agenda.
Instead, a source in his office said Johnson was keen to foster new talent, particularly among women, in the junior ranks of government while also rewarding loyal supporters who helped him win a large majority in last year’s election.
For now, Johnson is not expected to rock the boat too much, but he started his reshuffle with the sacking of Northern Ireland minister Julian Smith. Only a month ago Smith helped broker the restoration of a Northern Irish government, three years after a power-sharing agreement broke down.
“The prime minister wants this reshuffle to set the foundations for government now and in the future,” a source in his Downing Street office said.
“He wants to promote a generation of talent that will be promoted further in the coming years. He will reward those MPs (members of parliament) who have w