- Redesign has been on the agenda for weeks
- Williamson the first to go
- Johnson to target blunder-prone ministers
LONDON, September 15 (Hfrance.fr) - Prime Minister Britain's Boris Johnson began reshuffling his cabinet of senior ministers on Wednesday, hoping to refocus the government on raising living standards after the COVID-19 pandemic by moving some of his colleagues under fire.
After months of criticism from several members of his team for missteps and blunders, Johnson finally began a process he would have liked to see several weeks earlier, to make the changes he feels he needs to pursue with his "improvement " agenda.
Johnson made the regional fight uneven It's a priority for his government, but the COVID-19 pandemic has eclipsed promises he made in 2019, when he won the largest parliamentary majorityof the Conservative Party since Margaret Thatcher.
Gavin Williamson was the first to be sacked, as Minister of Education, after being criticized for its management of schools during the pandemic. Next was Justice Minister Robert Buckland, followed by Housing Minister Robert Jenrick.
"We know the public wants too that we are achieving his priorities, and that 's why the Prime Minister wants to make sure we have the right team in place for that, "Johnson's spokesperson told reporters.
A source in Johnson's office said he would appoint ministers "with an emphasis on unity and leveling the whole country ".
Williamson said it had been a privilege to serve as Minister of Education. His disappearance had been wide awaited afterbeing criticized for his handling of school closings and exams during the COVID pandemic and for confusing two black sportsmen in the countryside. learn more
Justice Minister Buckland was next to go, with some Tory lawmakers claiming it was to make room for Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, who was criticized for going on vacation to Crete as the Taliban advanced. the Afghan capital Kabul.
Jenrick had been criticized for his role in a development project proposed by a Conservative Party donor.
Rumors of a reshuffle, and which could be rising or coming out, have been swirling for weeks.
Some members of his partyhad suggested that the threat of a reshuffle helped ensure that Johnson's plans for a tax hike to deal with a health and social services crisis garner party support after being widely criticized for having the most hurt the lowest earners.
As critics accused Johnson of choosing Wednesday to eclipse the vote planned by the opposition Labor Party in parliament on the government's decision to cut extra support for low-income families.
But some Tory lawmakers have said it is long overdue, l 'one describing the cabinet as a boat and the other "is appallingly encrusted with barnacles ". Additional report from Kate Holton and William James; edited by Guy Faulconbridge and Nick Macfie
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