How could the Truss Cabinet be?

How could the Truss Cabinet be?

How could the Truss Cabinet be?

Liz Truss during a hustings event at Wembley Arena, London (Stefan Rousseau / PA) (PA Wire)

Liz Truss during a hustings event at Wembley Arena, London (Stefan Rousseau / PA) (PA Wire)

While it might be tempting to appoint a stream of loyalists to get her premiership off the ground, Liz Truss will be keenly aware of the need to heal the rifts in the Tory party from the bitter leadership contest of the summer.

Veteran Westminster observers have begun to speculate on who will take the top seats in his cabinet, with Kwasi Kwarteng thought to be in line for the Chancellor and James Cleverly for the Foreign Secretary.

But it’s never guaranteed who will get to the room where it happens until someone signs that all-important announcement from no. 10, claiming or canceling the rumors.

With this warning firmly in mind, some have begun sketching a blueprint of who might be chosen for Ms. Truss’s top team, who, along with the new Prime Minister, will face a notoriously gloomy tray.

So where would you put your money? Here PA guides you through the likely candidates.

– Chancellor: Kwasi Kwarteng

The secretary of affairs is widely expected to take over from Nadhim Zahawi as Chancellor of the Exchequer, with the daunting task of leading the country through an increasingly dire cost-of-living crisis.

– Foreign Minister: James Cleverly

James Cleverly, a vocal supporter of Ms. Truss, is currently Secretary of Education. Previously he was foreign minister.

– Minister of the Interior: Suella Braverman

The Attorney General was chosen for the role in the top four, replacing Priti Patel, after his own campaign for the post of prime minister.

– Secretary of Defense: Ben Wallace

Ben Wallace, whose approval provided a big boost to Ms. Truss in the wake of the party’s first official protests, is expected to continue in his role at the Ministry of Defense.

The popular Cabinet minister was one of the favorites for the top spot in early Tory member polls, but later barred himself from the competition.

– Secretary of Health: Therese Coffey

The secretary for work and pensions, a close ally of Ms. Truss, is believed to be in line for the health brief, in which she will face the challenge of sorting out a plan for the NHS without the guarantee of extra funds in the near future – increase in canned national insurance.

– Secretary to level up: Simon Clarke

The Chief Secretary of the Treasury is expected to assume the position currently held by Greg Clark and previously by Michael Gove.

– Secretary for International Trade: Anne-Marie Trevelyan or Kemi Badenoch

Some say incumbent Anne-Marie Trevelyan may remain in her post.

But others think Kemi Badenoch, who performed well in the Westminster phase of the leadership contest by finishing fourth, could take the leading role in the Department of International Trade.

Ms Truss had previously said that she would “definitely” give Ms Badenoch a government position if she was appointed prime minister.

– Secretary for Education: Michelle Donelan, Ed Argar or Kemi Badenoch

This role could go to Michelle Donelan, who stepped down from the post less than 36 hours after accepting it as Boris Johnson’s premiership collapsed around him in July.

Ed Argar, another minister who chose to break with the Johnson government, is also presented as a contender, as is Ms. Badenoch.

– Secretary of Culture: Nadine Dorries

Ms Dorries is thought to be able to keep the cultural brief, having been alongside Ms Truss during the campaign.

– Secretary of Justice: Brandon Lewis

The former Northern Ireland secretary, who initially supported Nadhim Zahawi before pledging his support to Ms. Truss, may be in line for Dominic Raab’s work.

Mr. Raab, also Deputy Prime Minister, was no friend of Ms. Truss during the campaign, firmly siding with Rishi Sunak.

– Secretary of Labor and Pensions: Chloe Smith

Reports suggest that Ms. Truss’s colleague from Norfolk, Chloe Smith, could take on the role of Therese Coffey in the Department of Work and Pensions.

– Cabinet Minister: Nadhim Zahawi

Nadhim Zahawi has made quite a journey over the past two years: from widely celebrated vaccine minister to education secretary, followed by his rise to chancellor in the wake of Rishi Sunak’s dynamite resignation.

He is now thought to be destined for a Cabinet role.

– Company Secretary: Jacob Rees-Mogg

The Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government Efficiency should be in line with Kwarteng’s work.

– Environment Secretary: Ranil Jayawardena

International Trade Minister Ranil Jayawardena could replace George Eustice in the environment brief, reports suggest.

– Party chairman: Grant Shapps or Jake Berry

It has been suggested that Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps, who threw his hat in the ring for the role of leader, is resisting a move to the role of party chairman.

Jake Berry, president of the Northern Research Group of Tory MPs, is also rumored to be in the running.

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