BREAKING: Shuffle suggests business as usual for PM?
By Simon Hacker | 13th November 2023
The front door of No 10 Downing Street has been busy this morning and Larry the cat has seen some new social interaction after a reshuffle was triggered by the long-expected sacking of home secretary Suella Braverman.
Ms Braverman's exit was broadly anticipated amid her controversial statements on policing and the security arrangements for both Saturday's Armistice and the simultaneous march to urge a cease fire amid Israel's war on Palestine.
More surprising to the awaiting long lenses of the press, former Tory leader and Prime Minister David Cameron arrived suited and booted for an early appearance in advance of news that he is the new Foreign Secretary.
The return to mainstream political life for Mr Cameron came with the post becoming vacant as James Cleverly moves sideways, taking the helm at the Home Office in the wake of Suella Braverman's departure.
Further appointments and news is expected throughout today, but Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk, who is Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, is believed to not be on the move, while Forest of Dean MP and cabinet member Mark Harper, who was appointed as Secretary of State for Transport just over a year ago, also appears to be staying put.
On Saturday, Mr Harper told followers on X, formerly known as Twitter, that he had given advance consent to British Transport Police to ban protests at Waterloo, Victoria and Charing Cross railway stations.
Mr Harper said: "Armistice Day is a day of great significance to this country and passengers must be able to safetly travel, free from intimidation."
An incident subesequently occured at Victoria Station when Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Michael Gove, confronted by Palestine protestors, had to be escorted to safety. The incident was later dismissed as a "stunt" by peace campaigners. Campaigner Saul Staniforth said the minister "wanted to provoke a reaction which could be used to deligitimise those of us who marched yesterday calling for a ceasefire."
● Punchline-Gloucester.com will update further appointments and resignations as they are announced.
BREAKING: Thérèse Coffey, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has resigned amid speculation that her proximity to Suella Braverman had put her job in danger. In a statement, Ms Coffey, who was deputy PM under Liz Truss, says she is returning to the backbenches because it is the "right time" for her to quit the Cabinet.
Rachel Maclean, a minister in the Levelling Up department, is also now reported to have been sacked. Further departures include Schools Minister Nick Gibb, who has resigned to "take up a diplomatic role after the election".
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