He makes up the cogs of the Cabinet, and there are no Sunak sympathizers

international7 Sep 22 06:24Modified on 7 Sep 22 at 08:02author: Mark Van Harveld

New UK Prime Minister Liz Truss has formed her government and we see a number of shifts compared to Boris Johnson’s government. Kwasi Kwarteng became Minister of Finance, and in Boris Johnson’s government he was Minister of Economic Affairs. James Cleverly is responsible for foreign affairs and Therese Coffey becomes Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister. Notable: Sanak sympathizers were consistently excluded from government participation.

Later today, the Cabinet will meet for the first time and will immediately take office to ask questions in the House of Commons (Afghan National Police/AFP Isabelle Enfants)

Ben Wallace was and will remain Minister of Defence, and Suella Braverman will be the new Minister in the Home Office and will take over her duties from Priti Patel, who announced her resignation on Monday. Presumably she wanted to get ahead of Truss, as British media reported that Truss had no intention of retaining Patel. Other new names include Tom Tugendhat as Security Secretary, Kemi Badenoch taking on Economic Affairs, and Penny Mordaunt becoming Leader of the House of Commons.


According to the BBC, Truss rewarded her key allies with senior positions. Supporters of the defeated Sunak are being excluded from within the government. Dominic Raab, Grant Shapps, George Eustice and Steve Barclay will not return as ministers under Truss.

NEWS: None of the four most important positions in government will go to a white man, the BBC reports. These offices, which are called “major positions of state,” are the Prime Minister, the Minister of the Interior, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Minister of Finance. The new ministers are scheduled to begin their work on Wednesday, the scheduled date of the first parliamentary question session. The opposition wants to know how the new government will deal with rising energy and living costs.

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According to Bloomberg News, Truss wants to allocate 130 billion pounds (151 billion euros) to support families with high energy bills. A package worth £40 billion (more than €46 billion) will also be allocated to support the business community.

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US President Joe Biden congratulated new British Prime Minister Liz Truss on her appointment. “I look forward to deepening the special relationship between our two countries and working closely together to confront global challenges,” Biden tweeted on Tuesday. This includes continued support for Ukraine.

Biden and Truss also spoke in person by phone on Tuesday, the two governments later announced. Among other things, the special relationship between the United States and Great Britain was discussed, which they wanted to build on. The British government said that cooperation in NATO and in the joint security alliance with Australia was discussed.

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