Maitland/AMO Morning Political Monitor – Thursday 25 July 2019

25th July 2019

In the News

Following his appointment as Prime Minister, Boris Johnson spent yesterday evening appointing his Cabinet. In a dramatic break with Theresa May’s Government, no fewer than 16 Cabinet ministers left the government – either by being sacked or refusing to serve in the new administration. Boris Johnson and his strategists clearly believed that a clear-out was needed, but this brutal wielding of the axe carries risks for a Government with a wafer-thin majority and now a group of senior former Ministers on the backbenches.

Boris Johnson is expected to chair is first Cabinet meeting this morning, with further junior appointments announced throughout the day.

Cabinet and Ministerial appointments so far

  • Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury: Boris Johnson
  • Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State: Dominic Raab
  • Chancellor of the Exchequer: Sajid Javid
  • Secretary of State for the Home Department: Priti Patel
  • Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Cabinet Office): Michael Gove
  • Secretary of State for Exiting the EU: Stephen Barclay
  • Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Andrea Leadsom
  • Secretary of State for Defence: Ben Wallace
  • Secretary of State for International Trade: Liz Truss
  • Secretary of State for Health & Social Care: Matt Hancock
  • Secretary of State for Education: Gavin Williamson
  • Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Theresa Villiers
  • Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Nicky Morgan
  • Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & Local Govt: Robert Jenrick
  • Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Minister for Women and Equalities: Amber Rudd
  • Secretary of State for Transport: Grant Shapps
  • Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice: Robert Buckland QC
  • Secretary of State for International Development: Alok Sharma
  • Secretary of State for Northern Ireland: Julian Smith
  • Secretary of State for Scotland: Alister Jack
  • Secretary of State for Wales: Alun Cairns
  • Chief Secretary to the Treasury: Rishi Sunak
  • Attorney General: Geoffrey Cox
  • Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office: Oliver Dowden
  • Lord President of the Council, and Leader of the House of Commons: Jacob Rees-Mogg
  • Housing Minster: Esther McVey
  • Skills Minister: Jo Johnson
  • Security Minister: Brandon Lewis
  • Energy Minister:  Kwasi Kwarteng
  • Minister without Portfolio and Conservative Party Chair: James Cleverly

On Manoeuvres 

  • 8.30 Boris Johnson hosts the first meeting of his new Cabinet
  • 11.30 Boris Johnson expected to address the Commons
  • The House of Commons and the House of Lords rise for Summer recess. They are expected to return on the 3 September

Order Paper Highlights 

House of Commons 

  • 9.30 DEFRA Questions
  • 11.30 Boris Johnson expected to address the Commons
  • Foreign Affairs Committee release report on tougher sanctions for civil service leakers

House of Lords 

  • From 11am, Oral Questions, including To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made towards the introduction
    of Sharia-compliant student finance – Lord Sharkey
  • Topical Question for Short Debate: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the leaking of confidential messages from Sir Kim Darroch and their subsequent publication – Baroness Quin