Focusing agenda again, British PM Johnson reshuffles top team

Focusing agenda again, British PM Johnson reshuffles top team
UK PM Johnson walks outside Downing Street in London
Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson is seen walking outside Downing Street on September 15, 2021 in London, Britain. Reuters/Toby Melville

September 15, 2021

by Kylie McClellan and Elizabeth Piper

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday moved some of his under-fire aides to his cabinet of senior ministers, hoping to restart the government on raising living standards after the COVID-19 pandemic. began to make changes.

After months of criticism from many of his top team for missteps and mistakes, Johnson finally began a process some say he wanted to do several weeks earlier, so that he could feel the changes he felt. That they need to move forward with their “flatten” agenda.

Johnson has made tackling regional inequality a priority for his government, but the COVID-19 pandemic has eclipsed action on promises he made in 2019, when he won the largest Conservative Party parliamentary majority since Margaret Thatcher.

Gavin Williamson was sacked as education minister after he was criticized for his handling of schools during the pandemic. Justice Minister Robert Buckland was next, followed by Housing Minister Robert Jenrick.

“We know that the people also want us to meet their priorities, and so the prime minister wants to make sure we have the right team for that,” Johnson’s spokesman told reporters.

A source in Johnson’s office said he would appoint ministers “with a focus on uniting and leveling the whole country”.

Williamson said it was a privilege to serve as the Minister of Education. His demise was widely expected after he was criticized for closing schools and handling examinations during the COVID pandemic and for confusing two black campaigning players.

Justice Minister Buckland was due to visit, with some conservative lawmakers saying it was to make room for Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, who had been criticized for going on holiday in Crete as the Taliban advanced into the Afghan capital, Kabul.

Jenners had come under fire over his role in a development proposed by a Conservative Party donor.

Rumors of a reshuffle, and one that could be on its way or on its way out, have been swirling for weeks.

Some in his party suggested that the threat of a reshuffle helped ensure Johnson’s plans for tax hikes to deal with the health crisis and Social Care gained the party’s backing, as its lowest-earners got the most. It was widely criticized for causing more injury.

While critics accused Johnson of choosing Wednesday to oversee the opposition Labor Party’s planned vote in parliament over the government’s decision to eliminate additional support for low-income families.

But some Conservative lawmakers said it was long overdue, with one describing the cabinet as a boatload and one “terrifyingly entrusted with barnacles”.

(Additional reporting by Kate Holton and William James; Editing by Guy Faulconbridge and Nick McPhee)

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