Liz Truss diverse new Government: No place for white men in great offices of state

Liz Truss is expected to become prime minister tomorrow and appoint a Cabinet featuring no white men in the great offices of state for the first time. 

Ms Truss is expected to make long-term ally Kwasi Kwarteng chancellor, with Suella Braverman moving to the Home Office and James Cleverly to the Foreign Office.

If selected, Mr Kwarteng would be the fourth non-white chancellor in a row, directly following Sajid Javid, Rishi Sunak and Nadhim Zahawi.

And Ms Braverman would become the third minority home secretary, after Priti Patel and Mr Javid. 

Mr Cleverly, currently the Education Secretary, would become the first ever non-white foreign Secretary.

But equally as interesting as who will be in the new Government is who will not be in it. 

There is expected to be a clear out of Rishi Sunak and his supporters after a bitter blue-on-blue campaign in which he seems almost certain to be defeated.

Into the political wilderness too will go Michael Gove, after serving under the three previous PMs. Dominic Raab, the First Secretary of State, and Boris Johnson himself, are expected to return to the backbenches. Both have question marks over whether they can hold on to their seats at the next election.

There is also expected to be a clear out of political advisers  within No10. The Times today suggests only a handful of long-serving advisers will be kept on as Truss seeks to slim down the operation.

Here we look as who is likely to be in and out of the first Truss government:

IN 

Kwasi Kwarteng – Chancellor of the Exchequer

The Business Secretary, who lives in the same Greenwich street as Ms Truss, is strongly tipped to be promoted to Chancellor and move in next to her in No11

The Business Secretary, who lives in the same Greenwich street as Ms Truss, is strongly tipped to be promoted to Chancellor and move in next to her in No11 

Age: 47

Family: Married to Harriet, a solicitor. They have a young daughter

Education: Eton College

The Business Secretary, who lives in the same Greenwich street as Ms Truss, is strongly tipped to be promoted to Chancellor and move in next to her in No11. 

A frontline supporter of her campaign, he will have the huge task of keeping the economy afloat and helping households through the cost of living squeeze. 

How new PM’s first days in office will unfold… 

TODAY 12:30PM

Winner will be announced by Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 committee of Tory MPs, at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in Westminster. The winner will then deliver a speech before finalising Cabinet and wider ministerial roles and writing their first prime ministerial speech.

TOMORROW 9AM

Boris Johnson to deliver a farewell address outside No 10. He will then go to Balmoral in Scotland to ask the Queen to accept his resignation.

LUNCHTIME

The new leader, having travelled to Scotland separately, will be welcomed by the Queen and asked to form a new government.

4PM

New PM will arrive at No 10 to address the nation for the first time. Then they will make senior Cabinet appointments and have meetings for updates on matters of national security.

WEDNESDAY 9AM

New Cabinet will meet to discuss issues including cost of living crisis.

12PM

New PM will answer Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons. 

He will replace Nadhim Zahawi, who could move to the Cabinet Office after just two months at the helm of the Treasury as an interim chancellor following Rishi Sunak’s resignation.

Mr Kwarteng’s first actions will include reversing the national insurance increase and scrapping a planned rise in corporation tax.

In a sign that he expects to take over the Treasury tomorrow he made an intervention today that looked like a pre-emptive attempt to steady the markets. 

He used a newspaper article to say a Truss government led can afford to borrow more to give energy bills support to households and businesses but will remain responsible with the public finances.

With newspapers reporting that the new PM is preparing a package worth up to £100billion, between direct support to households and tax cuts, Mr Kwarteng, sought to reassure investors about her plans.

The pound and British government bond prices have fallen heavily in recent weeks with some investors expressing concern about Truss’ plans.

‘Given the severity of the crisis we face, there will need to be some fiscal loosening to help people through the winter,’ Kwarteng wrote in the Financial Times. ‘That is absolutely the right thing to do in these exceptionally difficult times.’

‘We know households are worried, and decisive action is needed to get families and businesses through this winter and the next. They need certainty.’

Kwarteng said Britain’s debt-to-gross-domestic-product ratio was lower than any other Group of Seven country except Germany ‘so we do not need excessive fiscal tightening.’

But the cost-of-living support would be done in a fiscally responsible way, he said.

‘Liz is committed to a lean state and, as the immediate shock subsides, we will work to reduce the debt-to-GDP ratio over time,’ Kwarteng wrote in the newspaper.

Suella Braverman –  Home Secretary

Ms Braverman stood against Miss Truss in the leadership contest but her'anti-woke' stance and opposition to the European Convention on Human Rights is set to see her promoted from Attorney General to Home Secretary.

Ms Braverman stood against Miss Truss in the leadership contest but her ‘anti-woke’ stance and opposition to the European Convention on Human Rights is set to see her promoted from Attorney General to Home Secretary. 

Age: 42

Family: Two young children with husband Rael

Education:  Cambridge University

Ms Braverman stood against Miss Truss in the leadership contest but her ‘anti-woke’ stance and opposition to the European Convention on Human Rights is set to see her promoted from Attorney General to Home Secretary. 

Her main task will be to crack down on Channel crossings by illegal migrants and to make sure those who do reach England are deported to Rwanda, which current Home Secretary Priti Patel has failed to do.

Braverman’s expected appointment makes it more likely the Government will seek to reset UK’s relationship with Strasbourg.

During her leadership campaign in July, the attorney general said it was ‘unacceptable’ that a last-minute intervention by the European Court of Human Rights had scuppered the first attempt at a Rwanda deportation flight.

She said leaving the European Convention on Human Rights – and the Strasbourg court which oversees it – was required to ‘take back control of our borders’.

‘When people voted for Brexit, they expected us to take back control of our borders. It is unacceptable that a foreign court stopped the flight,’ she said.

However, remaining a signatory to the convention is written in to the Good Friday Agreement which underpins peace in Northern Ireland, so it is unclear how this would be achieved.

Leaving the Convention was ruled out by Justice Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab when he outlined human rights reform in the new Bill of Rights earlier this year.

It is thought a final decision on Britain’s membership of the convention will not be made by the new Cabinet until after the Rwanda judicial review, and a similar case next month, are complete.

James Cleverly – Foreign Secretary

An early backer of Miss Truss's candidacy, the Education Secretary is expected to be handed her current role of Foreign Secretary

An early backer of Miss Truss’s candidacy, the Education Secretary is expected to be handed her current role of Foreign Secretary 

Age: 53

Family: Married to Susannah Sparks with two sons

Education: Thames Valley University 

An early backer of Miss Truss’s candidacy, the Education Secretary is expected to be handed her current role of Foreign Secretary. 

The pair worked together in the Foreign Office in the past year, where he was a junior minister before being moved in Boris Johnson’s emergency reshuffle.

He will keep up her strong support for Ukraine and sanctions on Russia.

He would also keep up a hardline on China, with a more hawkish attitude to Beijing expected than under Mr Johnson.

But his most immediate priority is likely to be the Brexit saga over Northern Ireland, which is nowhere near being solved despite political paralysis in Ulster.

While the economy is certain to dominate the first months of the new premier’s term, Johnson’s successor will also have to steer the UK on the international stage in the face of Russia’s war in Ukraine, an increasingly assertive China and ongoing tensions with the European Union over the aftermath of Brexit – especially in Northern Ireland.

Truss has talked tough as foreign secretary on all three main issues, though some analysts believe she may tone down her ‘robust’ rhetoric if she becomes leader.

Therese Coffey – Health Secretary / Deputy Prime Minister

The Work and Pensions Secretary is a fellow member of the 2010 parliamentary intake

The Work and Pensions Secretary is a fellow member of the 2010 parliamentary intake 

Age: 50

Family: Single, no children

Education: Oxford

The karaoke-loving Work and Pensions Secretary is a fellow member of the 2010 parliamentary intake whose Suffolk Coastal constituency neighbours Miss Truss’s South West Norfolk seat, and they have long been allies. 

The new Prime Minister is expected to make her cigar-chomping friend Health Secretary, taking over from Steve Barclay who has made little impression during just a few weeks in the role. 

She will have to tackle the huge waiting lists that have built up since Covid struck as well as the long delays for ambulances that patients are having to endure.

Sher had previously been tipped to become the first female chief whip in Tory history but has since been linked with a more senior departmental role. 

She has managed to have a quietish tenure at the DWP, seen as something of a poisoned chalice in government.

A year ago she was slammed  for belting out Time of My Life at a boozy Conservative party Conference karaoke bash hours before cutting benefit payments to six million people. 

Coffey enthusiastically belted out the 1987 power ballad from the film Dirty Dancing in a duet with fellow Will Quince – a former welfare minister.

It came as a £20-per-week Covid uplift payment was removed from UC for families across the UK.

Ben Wallace –  Defence Secretary

Ben Wallace

Ben Wallace

Age: 52

Family: Married to Liza with three children

Education: Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst

The Defence Secretary,a former soldier, is one of the few members of Boris Johnson’s final Cabinet expected to stay in their current role. 

He had been tipped to run for party leader after Mr Johnson resigned. But he said his focus was ‘my current job and keeping this great country safe’ and later publicly backed Ms Truss. 

She has pledged to increase defence spending to 3 per cent of GDP amid the ongoing war in Ukraine. 

The Defence Secretary described the Foreign Secretary as ‘authentic, honest and experienced’ with the ‘integrity’ for the top job, in the Sun.

He also told The Times Ms Truss was ‘a winner not because she’s a slick salesperson but because she is authentic.’

Mr Wallace hit out at the former Chancellor, questioning what would have happened if the markets crashed on the day he quit his role, according to The Sun. 

‘I don’t have the luxury as Defence Secretary of just walking out the door – I have roles in keeping this country safe,’ he told the paper.

‘And the guardian of the markets, you know, the guardian of our economy, is the chancellor.’

Jacob Rees-Mogg – Business Secretary

Jacob Rees-Mogg

Jacob Rees-Mogg

Age: 53

Family: Six children with Helena

Education: Eton College 

The Brexit Opportunities Minister is set to be given a department after backing Liz Truss from the off. 

After some reports linking him with a rather interesting move to Levelling-Up, the old-fashioned Old Etonian is now being linked with a move to run Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Founder of the investment fund Somerset Holdings, his experience is expected to be put to use as the new Business Secretary. 

His focus in the Cabinet Office has been on making the most of Brexit and getting civil servants back into the office, but his new role will include increasing investment in local energy production and tackling soaring prices.

Last week he announced more than 250 training courses that have been distracting civil servants from work with ‘wokery’ will be axed in a new crackdown.

The Cabinet Office minister claims to have got rid of 60 per cent of ‘wellness, inclusion and diversity’ courses and has written to Tory colleagues in charge of departments urging them to do the same.

Mr Rees-Mogg has been clear that that ‘wokery’ in the Civil Service is wasting employees’ time when departments such as the Passport Office and DVLA face a backlog of work.

His bonfire of events and meetings include sessions called ‘Find Your Mojo’, ‘Give Me Strength’, ‘Buddy to Boss’, ‘Tricky People’, ‘Wood for the Trees’ and ‘De-biasing Decision-making’.

Mr Rees-Mogg has also taken a hammer to course he believes were ‘indoctrinating’ civil servants with ‘divisive ideological agendas’ having led a crusade to get taxpayer-funded staff back in the office.

Brandon Lewis –  Justice Secretary 

Like Miss Truss, he has been a Norfolk MP since 2010 ¿ but he backed Nadhim Zahawi for the leadership at first

Like Miss Truss, he has been a Norfolk MP since 2010 – but he backed Nadhim Zahawi for the leadership at first 

Age: 51

Family: Married to Justine with two children

Education: University of Buckingham, King’s College London

Like Miss Truss, he has been a Norfolk MP since 2010 – but he backed Nadhim Zahawi for the leadership at first. 

Mr Lewis, Northern Ireland Secretary for two years, could get his biggest role to date as Justice Secretary. 

He would replace Dominic Raab, who is certain to return to the backbenches, and would have to handle the ongoing barristers’ strike.

He was at Northern Ireland throughout one of its trickiest periods, with the country’s political establishment at war over the way Brexit has affected it.

While he would leave without a solution having been achieved, he is seen as having done a good job in difficult circumstances.

Simon Clarke – Levelling-Up Secretary

Simon Clarke

As Chief Secretary to the Treasury, he had been expected to back Chancellor Rishi Sunak for the party leadership

As Chief Secretary to the Treasury, he had been expected to back Chancellor Rishi Sunak for the party leadership. But instead Mr Clarke quickly announced his support for Miss Truss and her plans to cut tax.

Age: 37

Family: Divorced, has a son with ex-wife Hannah

Education: Oxford

As Chief Secretary to the Treasury, he had been expected to back Chancellor Rishi Sunak for the party leadership. 

But instead Mr Clarke quickly announced his support for Miss Truss and her plans to cut tax. 

He had been linked with a Treasury promotion to Chancellor but appears to have lost out to Mr Kwarteng.  

An MP in the North East where he grew up, he is in line to become Levelling-Up Secretary and will have to deliver on the promises made to voters in the ‘red wall’ constituencies at the last election.

These areas will likely bear the brunt of the cost-of-living crisis so what he can do in this new role with have a key role in Tory electoral fortunes at the next election.

Tom Tugendhat – Security Minister

He was seen as the leading moderate One Nation Conservative candidate in the race for the party leadership before being knocked out.

He was seen as the leading moderate One Nation Conservative candidate in the race for the party leadership before being knocked out.

Age: 49

Family: Two children with wife Anissia

Education: St Paul’s, University of Bristol

Tom Tugendhat made a surprise move to back Liz Truss after he was eliminated from the leadership election in the group stage.

He was seen as the leading moderate One Nation Conservative candidate in the race for the party leadership before being knocked out. 

His endorsement boosted Ms Truss’s claim she can unite the Conservative Party.

Mr Tugendhat said he supported the frontrunner’s pledge to cut taxes, saying they were ‘founded on true Conservative principles’.

Writing in The Times, Mr Tugendhat argued it was ‘not right’ for the public to shoulder the highest tax burden in 70 years while people look to the winter with ‘dread’ amid rising costs.

A China and general foreign policy hawk, Iraq veteran Mr Tugendhat could be rewarded with his first ministerial post. 

He has been linked with Security Minister at the Home Office, or a similar level post at the Foreign Office.

OUT

Boris Johnson

The current PM seems set to spend some time in the political wilderness. Quite how much time remains to be seen.

The current PM seems set to spend some time in the political wilderness. Quite how much time remains to be seen.

The current PM seems set to spend some time in the political wilderness. Quite how much time remains to be seen.

Conservative MPs who are considering forcing a vote of no confidence in their next leader have been warned the move would be ‘suicidal’ by a fellow MP.

Allies of the outgoing Prime Minister have been working on plans to keep Boris Johnson in No 10, according to The Times.

The news follows Mr Johnson’s former chief of staff hinting yesterday at a shock comeback for the PM saying people should ‘never write him off’.

Mr Johnson’s supporters are rumoured to be plotting an immediate coup once the new Prime Minster has been chosen, eyeing up a no confidence vote before Christmas.

Jake Berry MP, who supported Mr Johnson in his election campaign, suggested that an attempt to return to office is ‘certainly suicidal’ and would destroy the party.

While one supporter reportedly said the party would soon realise they lost a ‘first-rate’ leader.

The outgoing leader is also said to be keen to make some money on the after-dinner speaking scene after struggling by on his £162,000 salary.

Rishi Sunak

The former Chancellor is widely expected to be defeated by Liz Truss when the results of the contest are finally announced tomorrow.

The former Chancellor is widely expected to be defeated by Liz Truss when the results of the contest are finally announced tomorrow.

Rishi Sunak last night dismissed rumours he will quit the Commons and head for California if he loses the Tory leadership battle.

The former Chancellor is widely expected to be defeated by Liz Truss when the results of the contest are finally announced tomorrow.

But he shrugged off speculation he could opt to return to the US – where he previously worked – insisting he wants to stay as MP for Richmond in Yorkshire.

Instead he stressed he would continue to ‘support the Conservative government’, even though there are signs Ms Truss will not offer him a job in her Cabinet. 

When BBC presenter Laura Kuenssberg pointed to clips of him praising California, Mr Sunak – reputed to be one of the richest MPs with a billionaire heiress wife – said: ‘I’m going to stay as a Member of Parliament.’

Revealing he was with activists in his constituency after the campaign formally ended on Friday, Mr Sunak said: ‘It’s been a great privilege to represent them as their Member of Parliament for Richmond in north Yorkshire, I’d love to keep doing that as long as they’ll have me.’

He added: ‘It’s presumptuous for me to say because I have to get selected by my own members. But I was with them on Friday night and it’s been a great privilege to represent them. And I know I can do good work for them.’

Asked if he would run in the leadership again if he does not win this time, Mr Sunak said: ‘Oh gosh. We’ve just finished this campaign. So, I’d say … I need to recover from this one. But I look forward to supporting the Conservative government in whatever capacity.’

Asked if that is a yes, he said: ‘No gosh, no no no, I think my job now is just to support a Conservative government. That’s what I want to see succeed and that’s what I’ll do.’

Michael Gove 

Michael Gove announced he was quitting frontline politics last month while formally endorsing Rishi Sunak to be the next prime minister

With one last dig at his old rival Boris Johnson, the former levelling up secretary said the ex-chancellor will ‘put the strength of the state at the service of the weakest’ and give millions of people the help they need to battle the cost-of-living crisis. 

In a piece for the Times, he also branded long-standing Boris ally Liz Truss’s campaign as a ‘holiday from reality’, and said her proposed tax cuts will put ‘the stock options of FTSE 100 executives’ before the poorest. 

It comes after it was claimed that the former Levelling-up Secretary would be outcast to ‘political Siberia’ if Ms Truss wins the Conservative leadership battle, as punishment for his ‘plotting’ to get her knocked out of the race – a claim an ally of his branded an ‘absurd conspiracy’.  

Mr Johnson sacked Mr Gove from his cabinet role over the phone on July 6 for ‘treachery’, after he had privately urged the embattled PM to quit. 

It was the latest saga in their decades-long rivalry, which stretches right back to their university days at Oxford, where the slightly younger Gove was described as being in awe of the current Prime Minister and one of the key members of the ‘Boris cult’. 

But the relationship turned sour when he famously torpedoed Mr Johnson’s leadership bid in 2016 by withdrawing support for him at the 11th hour and running himself – reportedly having been ‘appalled’ by his rivals decision to play cricket and ‘throw a boozy garden party’ instead of working on delivering Brexit after Vote Leave won the referendum.

He now says he is acting from the heart by backing Sunak – branded a ‘snake’ and ‘back-stabber’ by fierce Boris allies – because he believes his career on the frontbench is over.

‘I do not expect to be in government again. But it was the privilege of my life to spend 11 years in the cabinet under three prime ministers,’ he wrote.

Last week he laughed off claims he could become a newspaper editor as he vowed to stay as an MP.

Dominic Raab

Dominic Raab will be condemned to the political wilderness in punishment for his ‘vicious’ barbs against Liz Truss if she becomes the next Prime Minister, her allies have suggested.

They described the Rishi Sunak-backer’s attack on her plans to cut tax as ‘the saddest moment of the campaign’, as the pair were once close.

But the Deputy Prime Minister’s allies hit back yesterday, saying he had ‘seen it all before’ – and accusing her campaign of lacking charm.

The latest acrimony began after Mr Raab branded Ms Truss’s tax-cutting plans as ‘electoral suicide’. The Foreign Secretary dismissed his intervention as spreading ‘portents of doom’. 

Then, rebuffing claims that Mr Sunak had ‘stabbed Boris in the back’, the deputy PM said ‘Liz was doing lots of groundwork with her Fizz for Liz [dinners with MPs] for months.’

Up stepped her most outspoken ally, Nadine Dorries, who on Friday night retorted: ‘Liz may have had drinks with MPs – but she did not resign her job, walk away, furtively campaign with MPs for votes, register a website and was not campaign ready or part of a planned coup. Sunak was. You can’t rewrite the facts.’

In a further escalation, other supporters of Ms Truss went into battle, accusing Mr Raab of being ‘bitter’ over his removal from the Foreign Office following the bungled evacuation from Afghanistan.

Priti Patel 

The Home Secretary, who considered her own run for the top job, chose to stay neutral in the race in the hope that whoever succeeded Boris Johnson would keep her in post.

The Home Secretary, who considered her own run for the top job, chose to stay neutral in the race in the hope that whoever succeeded Boris Johnson would keep her in post.

Priti Patel faces the Cabinet axe after failing to back Liz Truss for the Tory leadership.

The Home Secretary, who considered her own run for the top job, chose to stay neutral in the race in the hope that whoever succeeded Boris Johnson would keep her in post.

But she looked set to be replaced by Suella Braverman after several years of failure to deal with migrants crossing the Channel from France. 

Ms Patel has told friends she is not interested in taking another job and is expected to return to the backbenches if she is offered a demotion.

When Mr Johnson quit, she was persuaded to stay out of the leadership race to avoid splitting votes on the Tory Right.

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