Tuesday, October 25, 2022, saw Rishi Sunak become the third prime minister of Britain in two months. He immediately assembled his top team and made crucial Cabinet selections to lead the nation out of a dire economic situation.
Suella Braverman, an interior minister of Indian descent, was reappointed by Sunak less than a week after her resignation due to a violation of government regulations.
After breaking email security laws, 42-year-old Braverman resigned a day before former prime minister Liz Truss did.
In her resignation letter, Braverman also expressed worries about Truss’s administration’s course.
To soothe markets that had reacted negatively to his predecessor’s debt-fueled economic plans, Sunak, a Hindu and the first prime minister of Britain of Indian descent, also reappointed Jeremy Hunt as his finance minister.
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In addition, he reappointed Ben Wallace as secretary of state for defense and James Cleverly as foreign minister, giving Dominic Raab the position of deputy prime minister back that he had lost during Truss’ 44 days in power.
In addition to keeping her position as leader of the Chamber of Commons, which coordinates the government’s work in the lower house of parliament, Penny Mordaunt halted her attempt to defeat Sunak for the leadership on Monday.
Thérèse Coffey was named Environment Secretary, while Steve Barclay was named Health Secretary. In addition, Sunak named Gillian Keegan as his secretary for education.
The new secretaries of the transport and culture departments are Mark Harper and Michelle Donelan, respectively.
Kemi Badenoch was reappointed as Minister for Women and Equalities and Secretary for International Trade.
Sunak seemed to be appointed ministers from across the Conservative Party while leaving others in their current positions with these new appointments, easing worries that he could choose party loyalists rather than work to unite it.