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Britain’s elected Prime Minister Liz Truss will now finalize her new cabinet after being elected leader of the Conservative Party and is expected to completely replace outgoing leader Boris Johnson’s top team. Former chancellor Rishi Sunak, who lost by 57-43 per cent of the vote, said he was proud of the campaign he has run. He once again indicated that he has no plans to serve in the Truss-led cabinet if he is offered the ministerial berth.
Sunak said, full support to Liz Truss
I am proud of my record as chancellor, which has helped save our economy from the biggest shock. “I am going to focus first and foremost on supporting my constituents in North Yorkshire,” he told the BBC in an interview after the election results. Sunak said in response to questions about his future plans that I and Liz Truss should give my full support as the new Conservative government now grapples with the challenges we face.
Liz will take the oath of office on Tuesday
Liz Truss will formally take over as the UK’s third female prime minister at 10 Downing Street late Tuesday afternoon after meeting with the Queen in Scotland. Announcements of key ministerial departments are expected to begin by Tuesday evening after the inaugural address for his government. Attorney General Suella Braverman is likely to be the only Indian-origin lawmaker in the Liz Truss cabinet. He is expected to be made home secretary in place of former Goa-origin leader Priti Patel.
The 42-year-old cabinet minister quit in mid-July in favor of Truss, 47, after losing in the second round of the election to fellow Tory MPs and asked his supporters to do the same. Having enjoyed a prominent role in the Johnson cabinet as one of her closest aides, Indian-origin Priti Patel is unlikely to get a chance. Other key positions in the new cabinet include Business Secretary Quasi Quarteng being drafted as Chancellor of the Exchequer as a close aide and Education Secretary James Cleverley to be promoted to take over the current portfolio of Truss’s foreign secretary. .
Widespread change likely within Downing Street as well
UK media reports suggest sweeping changes are set to take place within Downing Street in addition to the cabinet, with some of Johnson’s senior-most aides poised for an exit or reshuffle. According to The Times, many of the 40 or more political staff working for the outgoing prime minister are not expected to be retained. Some of these will be replaced by current Truss colleagues such as Jamie Hope, his policy adviser at the Foreign Office and his media adviser Adam Jones.