Liz Truss Cabinet Predictions: Who Could Be In and Who Would Lose? | Liz Truss


Liz Truss has three weeks to go through the black door of No 10 as Prime Minister, facing a difficult entry tray. Here, we take a look at how the senior roles might take shape.

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One of the first great outriders for Team Truss, Kwasi Kwartengis widely expected to become chancellor, and the couple have a much closer economic ideology than Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak ever had. Therese Coffey is Truss’ other dedicated loyalist and should get a plum promotion, probably to the Cabinet Office.

Other former leadership candidates, including Kemi Badenoch, Penny Mordaunt and Suella Braverman are likely to get higher jobs, as well as james shrewdlyTruss’ number two at the Foreign Office, and Simon Clarkan ultra-loyalist to Boris Johnson who is now chief secretary to the Treasury and tipped to become business secretary.

Ben Wallace will want to stay in defense, while Brandon Lewis made hard yards in broadcast rounds over the summer defending Truss and will expect a promotion. Other new converts to the cause may be demoted, such as Nadhim Zahawi and Sajid Javid.

New ministers

Tom Tugendhat is probably Truss’ most important supporter who will rise from the back seats to a beefy ministerial position, perhaps even in the cabinet.

The roles could also go to members of the European Research Group who gave Truss the band’s endorsement, including names of Brexit veterans such as Iain Duncan Smith and Sequoia Jeans, who received tips for getting messages. Truss also has an ambitious group of 2019 MPs supporting her who could get paid, including Dehenna Davison, Mark Jenkinson and Brendan Clarke-Smith.

Political team

David Canzinia former colleague of Sir Lynton Crosby who came to Downing Street under Johnson, is expected to stay at No 10. Ruth Portera public affairs veteran and co-campaign manager of Truss, could play a key role in Downing Street. David Frost regularly hinted that he would like to work in a Truss-run Downing Street.

Truss’ top communications advisor, adam jonescould become its director of communications, and a big job is also likely to go to Sophie Jarvisthe former head of government affairs at the Adam Smith Institute, who was very close to Truss during her three years as a special adviser.

Others who have played key communications roles in the campaign include Truss’ press secretary, Sarah Ludlowa former assistant to Rory Stewart; Jason Stein, former adviser to Truss and most recently to Prince Andrew and Amber Rudd; and Harry Methleyformer special adviser to Priti Patel.

White Hall

Truss wants the Permanent Secretary of the Treasury, Tom Scholar, to move on if it enters No. 10, according to the Sunday Times. A close Whitehall ally of Truss, Antonia Romeo, is expected to take over and leave his post as permanent secretary at the Ministry of Justice. Romeo became close to Truss in the Department of International Trade. Another Truss ally who could get a promotion to No. 10 is Mr. Tim Barrowhis political director at the Foreign Office.

Truss may want to take a fresh look at the recent Downing Street reshuffle announced by Boris Johnson as a final roll of the dice, which created a separate role of Permanent Secretary No 10, filled by Samantha Jones. Insider reviews of the new arrangement have been mixed, to say the least.

Who went out ?

Truss’ allies have made it clear that With Dominique Raab ferocious attacks on Truss’ economic plans massively damaged his chances of staying in cabinet. Priti Patel didn’t strongly endorse any of the contestants and there’s a good chance she’ll be offered a reduced role. Michel Gove was described by Truss’ allies as “serial disloyal”.

George Eustice and Steve Barclay are cabinet ministers who support Sunak and may need some relief to make room. A return to the office for Olivier Dowden, Robert Jenrick Where Jeremy Hunt now seems unlikely. And after the leadership race revealed deep divisions between Truss and Sunak on strategy, it’s hard to see how the pair can put things right.


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