Updated: UK Government ministerial reshuffle brings changes to finance, industry and science

The Prime Minister, Rt Hon. Boris Johnson MP, has announced changes to Cabinet and junior ministerial positions as part of an expected reshuffle at the top of Government departments.

The most significant change is the unexpected resignation of Rt Hon. Sajid Javid MP as Chancellor, with the role being taken up by Rt Hon. Rishi Sunak MP, the former Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

Sunak was promoted to this role in July 2019 at beginning of Johnson’s premiership, having previously held the role of Under-Secretary in the Department for Housing, Communities and Local Government. With the Budget coming up in less than a month, it will soon be made clear if this change signals any significant shift in fiscal policy.

Other changes include the replacement of Rt Hon. Andrea Leadsom MP as Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with Rt Hon. Alok Sharma MP (formerly International Development Secretary), and the dismissal of Rt Hon. Chris Skidmore MP as Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation.

Update: Helen Whately has been promoted to Minister of State for Care from her previous position as Under-Secretary and the Department of Health of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Her new role covers social care, care in hospitals, health and care integration, and conditions with long-term care implications such as dementia.

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Published on 13. February 2020 in News, News UK