A reshuffle to Mr Johnson the opportunity to reshape the top echelons of his government at a time when its popularity appears to be waning.
LONDON - The UK government has declared that the Prime Minister Boris Johnson would begin a long-awaited cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday in an effort to revitalize a government that now appears to be declining in popularity.
Much speculation about the changes in government cabinet in recent weeks focused on Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, whose post was considered precarious after widespread criticism of his handling of the evacuation from Afghanistan. was further diminished by his decision to delay his return from vacation as the Taliban took control of Kabul.
Downing Street confirmed the upheaval in a statement but did not provide further details. "The Prime Minister will now carry out a reshuffle to put in place a strong and united team to better rebuild after the pandemic, " said a spokesperson.
A reshuffle would give Mr Johnson the chance to reshape the top echelons of his government ahead of a party conference next month in which it will try to provide a clearer post-Covid political agenda. But with the number of coronavirus cases still high , the government is also bracing for the possibility of an increase in hospitalizations in the fall and winter.
Tuesday, M. Johnson laid out his plans to tackle the virus as winter approaches, saying Britain will offer vaccine boosters to people aged 50 and over, and the first vaccines to people aged 50 and over. children from 12 to 15 years old. His government is determined to avoid a further lockdown, but could resort to measures such as mask warrants if infections increase.
After a successful start to the Britain's vaccination program earlier this year, Mr Johnson's Tories surged in the opinion polls, but that lead now appears to be fading away.er. Last week Mr Johnson made a bet in breaking an election promise not to raise taxes so he can allocate more money to health and social services .
Critics have also complained about a lack of clarity on the government's main national pledge to 'level up', that is that is, to bring prosperity to economically disadvantaged regions.
Among the top ministers who have been criticized include the Secretary of Education, Gavin Williamson ; the Minister of the Interior, Priti Patel, whose department is responsible for police and immigration ; and the secretariat of the 'habitat, communities and local communities, Robert Jenrick .
But until Now Mr Johnson was reluctant to move or fire members of a top squad that had initially been chosen largely from among his own Brexit supporters and advocates, including Mr Johnson.
Since his landslide victory in the general election in December 2019 , Mr Johnson made few changes to his cabinet, notably in February 2020, when Sajid Javid has resigned from his post of Chancellor of the Exchequer after refusing to accept restrictions on his right to hire his own advisers.
Mr. Le Javid's work went to Rishi Sunak, who became a government figurehead and a potential successor to Mr Johnson . However, Mr Javid returned to cabinet earlier this year as secretary to Health when his predecessor, Matt Hancock, was forced to resign from this post in June.