Who are the main victims of Liz Truss’s cabinet?

Who are the main victims of Liz Truss’s cabinet?

Who are the main victims of Liz Truss’s cabinet?

Shapps, Raab and Patel have all left government (Photo: Getty Images)

Shapps, Raab and Patel have all left government (Photo: Getty Images)

Shapps, Raab and Patel have all left government (Photo: Getty Images)

Liz Truss has almost finished assembling her cabinet as she prepares to take on the role of prime minister in one of the most difficult times in British politics.

Like his predecessor, Boris Johnson, he wanted to reward friends and supporters of his leadership campaign with leading positions in the cabinet.

Longtime ally Kwasi Kwarteng serves as chancellor, while fellow karoke lover and friend Therese Coffey serves as health secretary.

Unsurprisingly, but perhaps dangerously, colleagues who backed Rishi Sunak’s offer to become prime minister were banned by the government to sit on the bench.

The only supporter of Sunak who appears to have survived the shooting down is Michael Ellis, the attorney general who was forced to defend Boris Johnson at the height of the partygate scandal. Even then, he will only attend the cabinet and is not a cabinet minister.

While rewarding supporters might seem like the logical thing to do, many prime ministers have been taken aback by critics who openly opposed government policy from the luxurious freedom of the backbenches.

HuffPost UK walks you through the main characters who didn’t make the cut and what damage they could do from the backbenches.

Rishi Sunak

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Truss’s nemesis indicated that he would not serve in a cabinet of Truss and will go back to being simply the MP from Richmond, Yorkshire.

Sunak was quick to use his former role as chancellor to his advantage during the leadership campaign, painting a mixed picture of himself as the responsible guardian of the country’s finances to a more nonconformist Truss.

Sunak also refused to say during the leadership campaign whether she would vote for Truss’s business plans if she became Prime Minister – could she be the go-to figure in any rebellion against Truss’s tax cuts?

Domenico Raab

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(Photo: Mike Kemp via Getty Images)

(Photo: Mike Kemp via Getty Images)

Unsurprisingly, the former secretary of justice finds himself in the cold after brandishing Truss’s tax cut plans as a “farewell campaign note.”

In an article for the Times, Raab, who supported Sunak for the Prime Minister, said the Tories would be “thrown into the powerless oblivion of the opposition” under Truss’s approach.

It seems the same can be true for him.

Sajid Javid

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(Photo: SOPA Images via Getty Images)

(Photo: SOPA Images via Getty Images)

The long-time survivor of the cabinet, who had supported Truss in the leadership campaign, was said to have turned down the role of Northern Ireland secretary.

Aside from the Pandora’s box of problems the role opens up, having served as chancellor, internal secretary, and health secretary, the role may have seemed too young for anyone of his experience.

Javid was loyal and discreet when he was in the cabinet, but he will be remembered for his decision to resign and for the stinging speech that ensued against Boris Johnson.

Priti Patel

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(Photo: ANDREW BOYERS via Getty Images)

(Photo: ANDREW BOYERS via Getty Images)

The combative Patel resigned before being pushed. He did not approve any candidates during the leadership race and finds himself on the bench.

However, she is unlikely to nod from behind. In her latest appearance as interior secretary earlier this week, she fiercely defended her migrant policy in Rwanda and even told lawmakers to “shut up” when they interrupted her speech to pay tribute to Johnson.

The Times reported that Patel reacted with “fury” when the official Twitter account of the Office of Foreign Affairs, Commonwealth and Development – Truss’s former department – “liked” a tweet from the Labor MP. Zarah Sultana celebrating Patel’s departure.

A close ally told the newspaper: “The FCDO has fought on every opportunity to overturn the policy of Rwanda. Priti defended the majority who work hard on illegal immigration, the detention and removal of people with no legal basis to be in our country “.

Don’t expect Patel to remain silent about this central element of her interior secretary legacy.

Steve Barclay

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Barclay was fired by Truss after serving as health secretary for just eight weeks.

Barclay was tasked with turning Number 10 around in the wake of the partygate scandal that helped cause Johnson’s death, briefly serving as the former prime minister’s chief of staff,

He was a staunch supporter of Sunak, saying he had “all the right attributes to carry our country forward”.

Grant Shapps

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(Photo: Future Publishing via Getty Images)

The Sunak Shapps supporter may not have earned any friends in the unions, but he was well-liked in his group for his ability to stabilize the ship in turbulent times.

Shapps was reliably entrusted to broadcast rounds in the roughest days of the partygate scandal for his calm demeanor and ability to deliver assured media performance.

He was also given the nickname “Shapps Spreadsheet” for putting together the numbers on how MPs would vote in a no-confidence vote against Johnson.

Could Truss lack Shapp’s organizational skills and loyalty?

Johnny Mercer

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(Photo: House of Commons – PA Images via Getty Images)

(Photo: House of Commons – PA Images via Getty Images)

Mercer has become a vocal critic of his party in recent years. He reacted angrily when he was fired by Truss, saying he was “disappointed” but accepted that the Prime Minister had “the right to reward his supporters”.

He also suggested that he might leave the Commons altogether, saying, “I must accept that I will never have the qualities required for lasting success in politics as it is, and to be fair to my wonderful family, I must consider my future.” .

Mercer’s wife, Felicity Cornelius-Mercer, got into the fight, brandishing Truss a “fool” as he lashed out at a toilet system that “stinks” and “treats people scary.”

Marco Spencer

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(Photo: James Manning – PA Images via Getty Images)

Johnson loyalist Mark Spencer, who served as whip leader from 2019-2022, also received the ax.

Spencer was moved from his role as whiplash leader to commune leader following allegations – which he denies – of telling Nus Ghani that he lost his job as a minister because his “Muslim was raised as a problem” by colleagues. .

Giorgio Eustice

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Eustice was one of Sunak’s most prominent supporters in the cabinet. He was fired from the post of environment secretary, a position he held for two years.

During the leadership campaign, he seemed to give Truss a shot for his time as secretary of international trade, saying, “There are a couple of areas where I think. [Sunak] she has a position with which I feel much more comfortable than what I suspect will be the case with Liz Truss, and this is indeed in an international trade context.

“During this contest he made it clear that he thinks we shouldn’t rush the agreements, that we should finalize them and that we must uphold our food standards and animal welfare standards in those trade agreements.”

Simone Hart

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(Photo: JUSTIN TALLIS via Getty Images)

Johnson Hart’s loyalist was fired from the post of Welsh secretary and was replaced by Robert Buckland.

In an article for PoliticsHome, Hart argued that the next Tory leader after Johnson must have “gravitas, experience, compassion, resilience, pragmatism.”

He added, “Many of our new leadership candidates have some of these attributes in abundance, but only one has the full suite: Rishi Sunak.”

Greg Clark

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(Photo: James Manning – PA Images via Getty Images)

Clark, who served as a business secretary under Theresa May, was fired as a top-level secretary after just eight weeks on the job.

He did not approve of either Sunak or Truss in the leadership race.

After being fired, he said: “After a period of bruising, I hope everyone in my party will come together to support the achievement of this goal.”

Greg Mani

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(Photo: NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Greg Hands, who has served in the government since 2011, said he was “disappointed” to leave his post.

Who else hasn’t made the cut?

Matt Warman and Shailesh Vara have also left the government.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.

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