Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Theresa May's chaotic Cabinet reshuffle: Brandon Lewis appointed Conservative Party chairman

Theresa May's chaotic Cabinet reshuffle: Brandon Lewis appointed Conservative Party chairman

UK Prime Minister Theresa May attempted to inject new energy into a government weighed down by Brexit on Monday, reorganizing her Cabinet with an eye to strengthening the apparatus of her governing Conservative Party.

The reshuffle, which will last for most of Monday, is part of the 61-year-old's attempts to reassert her authority over not only her party, but also parliament, where she depends on the support of a small Northern Irish party to pass laws, especially those needed for Britain's departure from the European Union bloc.

But May left her most senior lieutenants in place.

The appointments, announced one-by-one on the Downing Street Twitter feed Monday, included the promotion of immigration minister Brandon Lewis to the position of Conservative Party Chairman.

"I'm not a quitter".

In a major shake-up of CCHQ, the Conservatives announced prominent backbencher James Cleverly as deputy chairman, junior minister Chris Skidmore as vice chairman for policy, Maria Caulfield as vice chair for women, and 2017 intake MPs Kemi Badenoch and Ben Bradley as vice chair for candidates and vice chair for youth respectively.

The announcements are expected to begin imminently and be drip fed throughout the day as the Prime Minister carves up her top team.

James Brokenshire, the Northern Ireland secretary, has resigned from the government for health reasons.

May will replace Damian Green, who was forced to resign as first secretary of state last month after admitting he lied over allegations pornographic material was found on his Commons computer during a police raid in 2008.

But the biggest change so far was the appointment of Lewis to head the Conservative Party whose membership is plummeting after what many members acknowledge was a disastrous election campaign in June.

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