Theresa May begins new year with mini-reshuffle

London: The Tories’ accident-prone streak continued in the new year as Theresa May’s weaker than expected cabinet reshuffle began with an erroneous tweet from the Conservative Party’s official Twitter account wrongly announcing the party’s new chairman.

May’s cabinet reshuffle was more limited than expected with the big names all keeping their jobs, including the gaffe-prone Boris Johnson keeping his position as foreign secretary, the newly promoted defence secretary Gavin Williamson staying on and Philip Hammond hanging on as Chancellor of the Exchequer after his Autumn Statement, or budget, was received well by Tory MPs.

Key Brexiteers Michael Gove and Liam Fox also kept their jobs.

Ministers the British press had speculated were for the chop, including Greg Clark, were kept in place.

Also surprising, was the health secretary Jeremy Hunt keeping his job and adding social care to his responsibilities.

The biggest casualty was the education secretary Justine Greening, who after spending almost three hours at Number 10 quit the government, rather than take on the work and pensions portfolio.

May’s decision to reshuffle her cabinet was a sign that she felt her internal position had improved enough to make some substantial changes to her top team without sparking a leadership crisis. But with only sideways ministerial moves on Monday, the lack of any serious sackings suggests she still lacks authority.

The two-day, drawn out affair that is a reshuffle of the British ministry, which involves those being promoted and often those being demoted arriving at 10 Downing Street before their next career move is announced, began with drama, when the Conservatives official twitter account wrongly announced the new party chairman.

“Congratulations to Chris Grayling following his appointment as Conservative Party Chairman,” the account tweeted. The BBC had been reporting at the time that Grayling would be named party chairman but the report and the tweet, were both wrong. The tweet was immediately deleted. The Conservatives have just deleted this tweet – they announced Chris Grayling as their new party chairman, but only for a matter of seconds! pic.twitter老域名出售/sA7oEM5kSv??? Matt Dathan (@matt_dathan) January 8, 2018

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