Prime Minister Boris Johnson has vowed to continue leading the country with Nadhim Zahawi as his new Chancellor and Steve Barclay as the new Health Secretary.
Stratford-upon-Avon MP Nadhim Zahawi has moved from the post of education secretary, to be replaced by Universities Minister Michelle Donelan.
In a meeting with at least 80 MPs last night, the Prime Minister told them:
“I know you’re all avidly in favour of tax cuts and tonight’s events might make that a bit easier to deliver.”
Allies of Prime Minister Boris Johnson have welcomed the moves and slammed Rishi Sunak the ex-Chancellor and former Health Secretary Sajid Javid after resigning from the Prime Minister’s Cabinet last night.
Senior cabinet ministers were quick to lend their support for the Prime Minister. UK Secretary of State of Digital, Culture and Media Nadine Dorries being one of the first saying:
“I’m not sure anyone actually doubted this, however, I am 100% behind Boris Johnson the PM who consistently gets all the big decisions right.”
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace also hit the headlines saying:
“To be clear, I am going on Thursday to see brave Ukrainian men and women training to fight for their lives and their country.
“I wont be indulging in political parlour games nor will I be resigning.”
A Downing Street source told the Conservative Post:
“A reshuffle was coming and Rishi would have gone anyway. There’s been some disconnect between No 10 and No 11 for some time.
These are popular appointments and Boris has a lot of support.
Now is not the time to be quitting. Boris is the right man, in the right job.”
Another Downing Street source told the Express:
“This saves a reshuffle.
“Sunak should have gone anyway. Lots of support for Boris still.”
Speaking shortly after the ex-Education Secretary was appointed as Chancellor, the Cabinet source welcomed Mr Zahawi’s promotion to the Treasury saying:
“Nadhim will deliver solid Tory policies, that I am confident about.”
Mr Zahawi was appointed vaccines minister in November 2020 and was rewarded for the success of the scheme with the education brief, replacing Gavin Williamson last September. He also served as under-secretary for children and families under Theresa May.
On his new role as Health and Social Care Secretary Steve Barclay said:
It is an honour to take up the position of Health and Social Care Secretary. Our NHS and social care staff have showed us time and again – throughout the pandemic and beyond – what it means to work with compassion and dedication to transform lives.
This government is investing more than ever before in our NHS and care services to beat the Covid backlogs, recruit 50,000 more nurses, reform social care and ensure patients across the country can access the care they need.
Speaking to the Express newspaper, a Government source said:
“Quite clearly policy relations between Number 10 and Number 11 weren’t really working.
“Now we have the opportunity to reset that and by forgetting all the politics we can instead tackle the everyday, number one issue – the cost of living crisis.”
According to the Express the insider added:
“Nadhim Zahawi is absolutely going to get to work very quickly to grow the economy and put money back into people’s pockets.”
Michelle Donelan will takeover from Mr Zahawi as Education Secretary, stepping up from her role as universities minister.
Ms Donelan was all smiles as she left No 10 on Tuesday night with her new job.