No 10 sources have confirmed Boris Johnson will reshuffle his cabinet on Wednesday afternoon, with ministers including Gavin Williamson, Dominic Raab and Priti Patel expected to be moved.
A source said Johnson's reshuffle "would build a strong, united team to better rebuild after the pandemic." Cabinet ministers who are sacked are expected to meet the Prime Minister after PMQs on Wednesday afternoon, with the final cabinet moves being finalized during the day.
Johnson is also expected to undertake a major reshuffle of his junior ranks, which could take place until Thursday.
source said the reshuffle was the second part of the government's strategy to relaunch plan following the winter plan for Covid announced on Tuesday.fall and winter, "the source said.
" But the government must also redouble its efforts to hold on. people's priorities. The Prime Minister will appoint ministers this afternoon with a focus on the unity and leveling of the whole country.
As reshuffle reports have focused on Patel and Raab, two cabinet sources said they believe the PM will want to keep his minister of the Interior and its Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Patel and Raab have been the target of public criticism, for the management of migrant boats by the Ministry of the Interior and the withdrawal from Afghanistan by the Foreign Ministry, respectively.
However, Raab and Patel have long been staunch allies and are likely to withstand a significant demotion. A source of the cabinand said she believed Raab was more likely of the two to move to the Cabinet Office, where he would retain the title of First Secretary of State.
Williamson, Education Secretary, as well as Environment Secretary George Eustice and Welsh Secretary Simon Hart could also line up.
Johnson is known to be keen on having more
He has already committed to having at least one woman in the four" big state offices ", which means that at least one woman is likely to be promoted if Patel is moved . The most likely candidate is Liz Truss, a favorite of the Tory members, who could replace Raab.
The reshuffle will only leave new ministers a few weeks to prepare.rer to the conservatives. party conference - and, most urgently, for the review of government spending, where departments must make detailed submissions to the treasury.