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Is reshuffle enough to revive May's fortunes?

Is reshuffle enough to revive May's fortunes?

May's Conservative party meanwhile was widely mocked for wrongly tweeting the name of a new chairman, only to delete it and later announce Lewis to the job.

This is a significant promotion for Mr Lewis to a cabinet-level post after three-and-a-half years in lower-ranking ministerial jobs including immigration.

The chairman of the Conservative party, Patrick McLoughlin, was the first to go on Monday, telling Sky News that his time in government had been a "great privilege".

Lewis was appointed housing and planning minister in July 2014 by then PM David Cameron.

He was also blamed for the disastrous party conference, where magnetic letters fell off during May's speech which was being televised live.

Monday's moves retained the delicate balance among Mrs.

Despite winning agreement from the European Union to move Brexit talks to a discussion of future trade and a transitional deal, May has been criticised at home for her approach to healthcare, housing, transport and Britain's departure from the bloc.

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However, Mr Lidington will fill in for Mrs May at Prime Minister's Questions and take on some of the responsibilities for chairing influential Cabinet committees, including some relating to Brexit.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, a leading Brexit supporter, is expected to keep his job despite challenging May's strategy past year.

Brexit minister David Davis, foreign minister Boris Johnson, finance minister Philip Hammond and interior minister Amber Rudd all kept their positions, along with Greg Clark who leads the business ministry.

After starting the two-year Brexit process in March last year, Britain struck a deal in December on the financial settlement with Brussels, as well as expatriate rights and the Irish border. However this will only happen if Ministers focus more on policy and delivery, and less so on personalities and rivalries.

British Prime Minister Theresa May arrives at 10 Downing Street ahead of the reshuffle of her Cabinet. He has failed to bring together feuding political parties in the British province, where the devolved government collapsed a year ago nearly to the day.

The Prime Minister is also believed to want more women and MPs from ethnic minorities in her team with Suella Fernandes, the leader of the backbench Eurosceptics, Seema Kennedy and Rishi Sunak among those who could enter the Government for the first time.

"(Lewis is) the type who might have the guts and inclination to take on the party internally and to be a loud media voice to take away the heat from Theresa May", a Conservative member said. "I was trade minister for 30 minutes".


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