- The overhaul has been on the agenda for weeks
- Williamson the firstfrom
- The Chancellor seems safe in the reshuffle
LONDON, September 15 (Hfrance.fr) - Le British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday began reshuffling his cabinet of senior ministers, with the Education Minister the first to leave, hoping to refocus the government on raising living standards after the pandemic of COVID-19.
Johnson has made tackling regional inequalities a priority for his government, but COVID- The 19-year-old pandemic has eclipsed the promises he made when he won the Conservative Party's largest parliamentary majority since Margaret Thatcher in 2019.
After months of critics of many of his ca the binet team for the blunders and missteps, Johnson finally initiated a process he wished he had several weeks earlier, to bring the changesthings he thinks he needs to pursue with his "leveling " program.
"We know the public also wants us to respect their priorities , and that 's why the Prime Minister wants to make sure we have the right team in place for this, "Johnson spokesman said.
A source in Johnson's office said he would appoint ministers " with an emphasis on unity and leveling the whole country ".
Gavin Williamson was the first to say he was stepping down as Minister of Education after being criticized for handling school closures and examinations during the COVID pandemic.
Williamson was also criticized this month for confusing two black sportsmen in the countryside, saying he had to meet footballer Marcus Rashford when he was in in fact, it wasit from rugby player Maro Itoje.
Rumors of a reshuffle, which could be rising or exiting, have been swirling for weeks.
Some in his party had suggested that the threat of a reshuffle helped ensure that Johnson's plans for a tax hike to deal with health and social services crisis Care has won party support after being widely criticized for hurting the lowest incomes the most.
Critics accused Johnson of picking the reshuffle to eclipse the opposition Labor Party on Wednesday The expected vote in Parliament on the government's decision to remove additional support for low-income families put in place during the pandemic , a decision about which some of its own lawmakers have expressed concern.
Finance Minister Rishi Sunak sat next to Johnson in parliament as the British leader took part in his weekly question-and-answer session, but Williamson and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, too tipped to be moved, was absent from the front bench.
Johnson faced calls to sack Raab after the foreign secretary went on vacation in Crete as the Taliban advanced on Kabul and amid claims that thousands of emails from people seeking help to leave Afghanistan went unread. Reporting by Kate Holton, Kylie MacLellan and Elizabeth Piper; edited by Guy Faulconbridge and Nick Macfie
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